MBP mid 2012: NTFS or exFat for 2nd drive?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sneak3, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. sneak3 macrumors 6502

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    Hey folks.

    I need to figure out whether I should format my 2nd drive as NTFS or exFat. It is a SSD and it has to be readable and writable in both OSX and Windows 8.1.

    It will be used for frequently used general, like videos, pictures, documents, texts, installation apps and files.

    How reliable is exFat nowadays with SSDs and modern OSs?
     
  2. Idarzoid macrumors 6502

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    ExFAT, it's readable and writable on both OS X and Windows (and Linux, depending on kernel version).

    NTFS is readable only on OS X unless you install something like Paragon.

    I've used ExFAT on my portable drive for a bit, used it on both OS X and Windows, never had any problems.
     
  3. Kissmyne macrumors 6502

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    As mentioned above, ExFAT has native read/write support in OS X and Windows. NTFS is read only on OS X by default. ExFAT will take care of you without system config changes.
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    I've used exFat for years and am yet to have an issue.
     

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