Help formatting an external disc and writing on it from Windows 8

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  1. chad.petree macrumors 6502

    chad.petree

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    I have a ton of info on my ntfs external disc but i want to be able to write info from my mac on the disk, so im going to format it and make it possible to write on it from Mac Os but which option should i choose to format it? Mac Os External (journaled)? Mac Os External (case-sentitive journaled), Mac Os External (case-sentitive journaled,encrypted) or maybe exfat withexfat i could be able to write on it from both windows 8 and mac os, right?

    Also if i format it in Mac Os External (journaled) how do i write on it on windows 8? are there official drivers from Apple? i read theres a paid app called MacDrive 9, but its it worth it and necessary to buy it? it's 50 euros! :rolleyes:
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    Choose the appropriate format:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    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 ($19.95) (Best Choice for Lion and Mountain Lion)
      • For Mac OS X 10.5 and later, including Lion, FUSE for OS X
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36), which is an enhanced version of NTFS-3G with faster performance.
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and later versions, 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
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    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
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
     
  3. chad.petree thread starter macrumors 6502

    chad.petree

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    Thank you! very helpful :) but i still have a couple of doubts, why shouldnt i use the case sensitive format? and if i choose the encrypted version it means that i have to introduce a password everytime i want to copy a file to the disk?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Because the default for OS X is non-case sensitive. You'll create problems if you use case sensitive.
    OS X: About FileVault 2
     

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