Mac OS X (Journaled) or not Journaled for External HHD?

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  1. Hyde244 macrumors member

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    I have a Western Digital external that I use for storage of pictures, applications, and other programs that I casually use.

    Should I enable Journaling for this device?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Why not, it is the default for OSX. What reason would there not too
     
  3. Hyde244 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I guess my real question is what is the advantage to journaling.

    I know journaling concerns keeping a log of files that comes in handy in the event of a power outage; is this necessary with an external?
     
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    journaling protects the integrity of the drive, by recording the changes, if something occurs in them middle of the transaction the process can replay the recorded action thus keeping the information/integrity of the drive.
     
  5. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    The only reason I can think of to not use journaling is that on HFS+ it has a habit of breaking write support under Linux. If that isn't a concern for you, enable journaling.
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Journaling virtually eliminated the need for routine maintenance on my system. Enable it.
     
  7. Hyde244 thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright, thanks guys. I'll just leave it journaling then I guess!
     

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