Fat32 Vs Ntfs

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mith, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. mith macrumors regular

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    i was just wondering .....windows ..they say to use NTFS because is more secure.....so y is the mac os formatted as FAT32 if NTFS is more secure.
     
  2. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    The native Mac OS format is HFS+, which is roughly comparable in features to NTFS. FAT disks can also be read and written, but that's intended for exchange between operating systems.
     
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  5. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    The biggest deal about NTFS isn't security, even though that is a large part of it. Its the fact that its a journaled file system and that there is a redundancy in the file system itself that makes it very fault tolerant. IMHO use FAT32 only if you absolutely have to. I currently use macdrive in my Windows XP partition to read the OS X partition and leave all my data files on the OS X side of things while still befittingly from NTFS in Windows.
    I'm really kind of sad that Apple hasn't taken NTFS support beyond the ability to read. And I hope that the ability to write will show up in Leopard as a last minute feature.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yes...now that Linux is finally making headway in write NTFS support, I hope so also....
     

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