external hard drive file system question

necropunk

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Mar 2, 2006
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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.
 

xUKHCx

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Macdrive can give windows access to HFS+ file systems.

HFS+ doesn't have the 4Gb file limit that FAT32 does.
 

necropunk

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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) ?
 

xUKHCx

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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) ?
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.
 

arimac16

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Sep 4, 2008
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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