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

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

  1. sneak3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2011
    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. 0983275 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2013
    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


    Apr 21, 2015
    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 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I've used exFat for years and am yet to have an issue.

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