Which file system?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by salils, Jul 19, 2005.

  1. salils macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    #1
    Which file system should I chose for running os x (panther). I would mainly being using final cut pro. I have two drives: 80gb (system drive) and a 300gb (video drive) should they both use the same file system? And which one(s) would be the best choice?
     
  2. jeremy.king macrumors 603

    jeremy.king

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2002
    Location:
    Fuquay Varina, NC
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    #3
    Yeah, you really don't have much choice here. HFS+

    If you have to do cross-platform work with the external, you might have to go with Fat32, but then you hit file size limits (4GB?), which won't do you much good with FCP.

    Of course, you could always get MacDrive for the PC so it can read/write to HFS+ file systems.
     
  4. salils thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    #4
    Is there any use of Unix file system? I won't be using any unix machines with it so is that useless?
     
  5. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

    grapes911

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2003
    Location:
    Citizens Bank Park
    #5
    No use for Unix file systems (ext2 or ext3 or whatever they use). Linux/Unix reads and writes most files systems pretty well, so I let Linux adapt to other systems rather than let OS X or Windows adapt to Linux. If you are only going to use a Mac, stick with HFS+.
     
  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

    grapes911

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2003
    Location:
    Citizens Bank Park
    #6
    Close. It's actually 4GB minus one byte. But who's counting? ;)
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    #7
    Technically: UFS

    I concur.. if going into this, you cannot definitively say to yourself "I need to use UFS with this Mac", then I wouldn't bother worrying about it.
     
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

    grapes911

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2003
    Location:
    Citizens Bank Park
    #8
    Will OS X install on UFS or is it just there to format/read/write non-System hard drives?

    Edit: Now that I think about it, it should. I think many versions of BSD still use UFS.
     
  9. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    #9
    Hmm.. I don't quite know. Like you, my memory sucks (you had mentioned this in another thread I think). I believe that OS X will install on UFS, but there are some inherent oddities. Unfortunately, I cannot find any corroborating evidence at the moment.
     
  10. jeremy.king macrumors 603

    jeremy.king

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2002
    Location:
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    #10
    I do know that I was asked as part of the Erase and Install option whether I wanted UFS or HFS+, so I got to imagine it would install on UFS as well.
     
  11. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    #11
    That's that assumption I'm working on as well. I do seem to remember some peculiarities with it however. Something about data forks? To Google!
     
  12. iMeowbot macrumors G3

    iMeowbot

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2003
    #12
    One place where UFS can cause confusion for Mac (and Windows) users is case sensitity. By default HFS is case insensitive, but UFS is always case sensitive.
     
  13. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2003
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    #13
    Ah, right.. I've not played with the new HFS+(+) with case sensitivity in Tiger. I didn't see the need for me (personally).
     

Share This Page