Mac file formats for harddrives, the difference?

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  1. sayre macrumors member

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    hi, i have an external harddrive (western digital 2TB), right now it's formatted as NFTS (windows) and i'd like to format it, so i'll be able to read & write, now my question is, what is the difference between all these formats and which do i choose?

    1. MS-DOS (FAT)
    2. Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    3. Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)
    4. Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive)

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    #2
    Most people use #2. If you need to read/write from a Windows type OS then use #1. #3 and #4 most people won't need/use.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    MS-Dos (FAT 32) - old, but can be read and written by Windows and Mac OS X.

    Mac OS Extended (HFS+) - can not be read or written to by Windows without a third party tool like MacDrive.


    Journaling

    UFS or HFS

    MRoogle
     
  4. sayre thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks a lot for answering, that clears up a lot :D
     

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