HFS+, NTFS and SMB2...

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by JoelBC, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    I was at the Apple store yesterday and was discussing setting up OS X Server in a mixed environment (OS X and Windows 7).

    OS X Server allows the admin to specify whether the shared folder's protocol will be AFP or SMB2...the Apple Genius told me that SMB2 is the preferred because it means that a Windows computer can natively read / write to shared folders on HFS+ formatted drives.

    This does not make sense to me but is it true?


  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Yes, it's true, though there have been some issues with SMB2 in Mavericks connecting to Windows clients.
    A disk's format is independent of the protocol used to connect to it over the network.
  3. JoelBC thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012

    Appreciate the response...two follow ups"

    i) Based on your response I should therefore be able to connect a Windows computer to an HFS+ shared folder and backup the Windows computer to that share?

    ii) Does this also extend to HFS+ formatted DAS units [i.e. a Windows machine can similarly write to HFS+ formatted DS units]?

    Thanks, you have just greatly simplified things for me.


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