Disk Utility Replacement

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by caen1, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. caen1 macrumors member

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    What DU replacements are there? A quick Google search did not reveal much.
     
  2. vansouza macrumors 68000

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    great question

    I do not think there are any...
     
  3. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    What do you find lacking in disk utility?
     
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    I'm not sure what you're trying to replace, but Tech Tool Pro has some of the same functions.

    Rob
     
  5. spidey3 macrumors regular

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    Keep in mind that Disk Utility is really just a pretty front end for its more powerful command like version - diskutil - and for a whole slew of less of other less user friendly commands like mount, umount, fsck, hdiutil, gpt, pdisk, repair_packages, etc.

    When I find that Disk Utility doesn't easily do what I need I usually just drop to the command line utilities.

    What exactly is it that you wish to do that Disk Utility doesn't support?

    Spidey!!!
     
  6. caen1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I was mainly looking to format in external drive as ext4 (so it can be read by every OS). I thought of doing it through the Terminal, but I'm not sure what the command is.
     
  7. GGJstudios, Aug 30, 2011
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    Here are your formatting options:


    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! backups of Mac internal hard drive.
      [*]To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
      [*]To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
     
  8. caen1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I know details about them, but my current setup (two partitions, one FAT, one HFS+) seems better than any of those. Ext4 is what I need.
     
  9. speacock macrumors member

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    From what I've read, Ext4 support for Mac OS X exists only in the form of a very limited, barely Alpha-test, read-only driver for MacFUSE. I may be wrong, but I don't think it's really ready for normal use.

    You may be better off with MacFUSE and the fuse-ext2 driver which supports ext2 and ext3.

    May I ask why you're set on ext4? FAT is just about the most widely support filesystem nowadays and can be read and written natively on just about anything. Granted it lacks a lot of frills and has no security, but it's completely cross-platform
     
  10. caen1, Aug 30, 2011
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    caen1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ext3 is okay. I store files which exceed 4 GB.

    I checked out fuse-ext2, but I don't think I can format the drive with it. Am I wrong?
     
  11. DICKNPHYL macrumors member

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    Disk utility

    Caen1
    you might download "onyx" it's free. And it is a pretty good app. Bump around on itt. It does a lot of utility repairs.
    Dickster-----
     
  12. caen1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I used Onyx in the past. It's not what I need.
     
  13. speacock macrumors member

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    Yes, that would rule out FAT.

    I'm not sure. if you can it'd be via mke2fs or mkfs.ext3 from the command line, not from Diskutil.

    Would some kind of network storage be an answer? That way you don't have to care what the FS is, you can access it from anywhere.
     
  14. caen1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I do have a free Dropbox account for small stuff I need to sync between my Mac, my phone, and other PCs. But I prefer using my external HDD for everything except apps and OS. I also don't really use it across multiple computers, but I wanted to hook it up to a friend's PC once, and I found Windows doesn't even read HFS+.
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you primarily use your external with your Mac, you could use HFS+. On the rare occasion that you need to access it via a PC, you could install HFSExplorer or MacDrive on that PC for that purpose.
     
  16. Dhelsdon macrumors 65816

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    +1 for MacDrive, I use it all the time, it works great!
     
  17. caen1 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!
     

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