eXFAT or Partition for Windows

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ClemsonDV, May 23, 2018.

  1. ClemsonDV macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2012
    I have a new 4 TB portable harddrive that I am going to have mostly for backups and file storage for my mac. I do however have a Windows work laptop I should make a backup for, and I'll have plenty of room to spare within the 4 TB.

    My question is: Is there any benefit to keeping macOS Journaled and NTFS on a separate drive versus going straight to exFAT formatting? Will timemachine be the limiting factor here?
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040


    Jan 26, 2014
    Horsens, Denmark
    Well, ExFAT is not as feature-rich a file system as either HFS+ or NTFS, but if you're only using it for archival and backups it ought to do the trick
  3. Darmok N Jalad macrumors 65816

    Darmok N Jalad

    Sep 26, 2017
    If you plan to keep the content of each machine separated, then I'd say do 2 partitions. Time Machine won't work unless it's HFS+, and Time Machine is going to limit that entire partition for its purposes. I currently have a 1TB drive that is split 500/500, 1 partition is Time Machine, the other is HSF+ for general secondary file storage/archiving. Sounds like you might be doing a 3 partition setup by adding an exFAT.
  4. kaya macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2012
    I second this.

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