External 160 GB HDD: which filesystem?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by koswo, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. koswo macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I'm going to buy an external hard disk drive (SmartDisk CrossFire 160 GB). I want to use it on both, my G3 iMac (I have Mac OS X 10.3 running on it) and my girlfriend's Windows XP laptop. What filesystem do I have to format it in to be able to read/write from both systems?

    Thanks

    koswo
     
  2. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    i believe you'll want to format it in FAT32, because winxp and osx can both read/write to that. xp can't do anything with hfs+ and osx can read to ntfs but can't write to it.
     
  3. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    FAT32 is where it's at right now.

    Maybe Tiger will finally add real NTFS functionality to OS X.
     
  4. Mertzen macrumors 6502

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    Sadly enough it will have to be FAT32 .. though I never had problems with that it does feel like cheating .. :p
     
  5. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    You'll have problems when you try to do things like back up your home directory. FAT32 doesn't support "aliases" (which I think are just *NIX symlinks, but I could be wrong), so you're bound to have problems w/ things like iPhoto albums.
     

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