Newbie file format question +

Discussion in 'iMac' started by myc6toy, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2012
    #1
    Hi,
    I have been reading these forums for the past few months and really enjoyed it. I am one of the newbies to Mac, making the big switch after many many years with DOS and Windows.

    In reading many posts i have received a lot of good info and some conflicting opinions as well :confused:

    I should receive my BTO system in a couple of days after 39 days of anticipation.

    27” i5, 2.9GHz, 16Gig (+32?), 3TB Fusion, 2TB TC, and 3TB LaCie Porsche USB 3.0

    I do have a couple of questions, and hopefully I picked the right spot for them.

    I require complete / seamless integration of OS X and Windows platforms for file sharing, office files etc

    I figure the best file format configuration would be:
    a) iMac 3TB – HFS+ (with Paragon for NTFS compatibility)
    b) 2TB TC – HFS+ {for time machine only}
    c) 3TB LaCie – NTFS {for cross platform use}
    d) NAS – NTFS {current windows back up drive}

    Does this sound reasonable?

    Also I would also like to run Win7 and 8 on my iMac either in virtual machine or try the two canoes work around and put boot camp on the 3TB Fusion.
    I am leaning towards virtual machine to run windows, but not sure if I should use Parallels or VM Ware Fusion?

    Any thoughts ? ( I’m not a gamer but do dabble in ACAD etc)

    Thanks in advance

    My current network consists of:

    1. Net Gear 6300 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi & Giga-Bit Router
    2. D-Link 8 port GB Switch
    3. D-Link NAS (500GB RAID 1)
    4. 3 iPads (2x3, 1x mini)
    5. 3 iPhones (1x4, 2x4S)
    6. 5 various Win XP & 7 (2 XP laptops for dedicated automation tasks)
    7. Power ware UPS’s
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2012
    #2
    I'm not sure I'd go with NTFS for your cross platform drive. What about using something like ExFAT? It's supported natively by OS X and doesn't have the limitations of the older FAT32.

    Maybe it's just me, but I always worry slightly when using third party drivers to add file system write capability. It seems like a major potential source of file system hosing.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2012
    #3
    Thanks joe-h2o

    I will have to conform that all my legacy win machines can use ExFAT
     
  4. macrumors P6

    Weaselboy

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    Jan 23, 2005
    #4
    ExFAT is supported in XP, so you should be fine.
     

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