Is NTFS safer and more reliable than FAT32 for MacOs X?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by tsakaloutis82, Jul 27, 2006.

  1. tsakaloutis82 macrumors newbie

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    Is NTFS safer and more reliable than FAT32 for MacOs X? I am talking about an external hard disk and I DON'T CARE about NTFS limitations. I am just asking about data safety and reliability in Mac use
     
  2. Queso macrumors G4

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    NTFS is read-only in OSX. Although a Mac will read files on an NTFS volume, it cannot format a drive as NTFS nor can it write to an NTFS volume already formatted by a PC. The Mac uses HFS+ as it's default drive format, but will also read and write to FAT and UFS if you require it.

    So although an encrypted image file on HFS+ is the securest way to go for your data, if you want to use a Windows disk format to carry your data to a PC you are pretty much limited to FAT, which is totally insecure.
     

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