external hard drive file system question

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  1. necropunk macrumors member

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    I just bought a new external hard drive. Altough mac is my primary system i ocasionaly need to acess a windows machine.

    Whats the big advantage of formating the drive to hfs+ ?

    It's currently on fat32. i could format it to hfs+ since i rarely need to acess and windows machine, and just burn a couple of dvds to get the job done, but first i want to know whats the benefits of having a hfs+ file system.

    Is there anykind of software that alows windows to acess a hfs+ file system?

    thanks in advance.
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Macdrive can give windows access to HFS+ file systems.

    HFS+ doesn't have the 4Gb file limit that FAT32 does.
     
  3. necropunk thread starter macrumors member

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    in that case i'll use hfs+.

    i'll use disk utility to format it. hfs+ is the same thing as mac os extended (journaled) ?
     
  4. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    That is correct

    BTW Macdrive isn't free and you need to be able to install the program on the windows PC, should've said in my first post.
     
  5. necropunk thread starter macrumors member

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    lol, the formating was ultra fast. i didnt see that coming. thanks for the help.
     
  6. arimac16 macrumors newbie

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    Hello there,

    I'm sorry for this really basic question, but how do I find out what file system my external hard drive is using?

    Thanks,
    Ari
     

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