What's the best option for erasing a drive?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by chriskzoo, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. chriskzoo macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2005
    I have an HDD I want to use as a backup, but I'm not sure which option is best for formatting it. It is an XP drive and I get these options on erasing it:

    Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Mac OS Entended
    Mac OS Entended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)
    Mac OS Entended (Case-sensitive)
    MS DOS File System
    Unix File system

    So which is the best? I'm looking for speed and stability so I'm thinking the Unix File System, but I really have no idea.
  2. dubbz macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    Unless you have some truly special needs just go with Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
  3. chriskzoo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2005
    Install Mac OS 9 Disk Driver, or no?

    I'm using Tiger, so I assume not.
  4. chriskzoo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2005
    NM, I went ahead and included the driver in case I would have to access it on an OS 9 machine.
  5. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    Installing the OS 9 drivers is no big deal. They are basically stored on an area of the HD that you can't get to anyway, and they take up no more space than just doing a traditional formatting.

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