Need advice regarding what hard drive format, and where to store my music & photos.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Xonnie316, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. Xonnie316 macrumors member

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    Hey Mac Rumours forum members,

    I'm new here, and I'm very new to the Mac world. I just bought my new iMac 24" 2.93Ghz 4Gbs Ram computer last weekend.

    I have a western digital mybook 500 Gb external hard drive in which I used to store my music and my photos on to.

    Well its in NTFS format, so I copied everything on to my iMac hard drive. So I was thinking of copying back on to my western digital mybook hard drive.

    So I have to change the hard drive format which is NTFS. Could I do it through iDisk Utility, and how can I do that ?

    And which format do you suggest ?

    Does Mac read FAT32 ?

    Coz I was thinking of having it in a storage format that it would be readable for Windows & Mac.

    I also need another suggestion, regarding storing my music & photos.

    Should I have it on the external hard drive, so I leave my iMac free? Then link iTunes to my external hard drive. And could I change my iPhoto to link to my external hard drive ?

    My iMac hard drive by the way is 640 Gbs.


    So what do you all suggest people for me to do. I really wish advice before I settle down with all my files in place in my iMac.

    Thanks to anyone that helps me out !
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Welcome!

    You don't have to. As it sounds like you've discovered, Mac OS X has native read-only support for NTFS. You can use third-party drivers (install both MacFUSE and NTFS-3G) to add read/write support.

    Not everything Apple is preceded by an i, you know. ;)

    If you're only going to use the drive with your Mac, the best option is Mac OS Extended (Journaled). You can reformat a drive from Disk Utility, yes. Select the drive in the list on the left side of the window, click the Erase tab, and go from there.

    Yes, Mac OS X has native read/write support for FAT32. However, it is still subject to the limitations of the format: maximum 4 GB per file, and fragmentation problems. There is no defrag tool in Mac OS X because HFS+ (the short name for Mac OS X Extended) doesn't require defragmenting.

    That depends how you're planning to use it. As I mentioned above, you can add NTFS support to a Mac by installing MacFUSE and NTFS-3G. There's also a product called MacDrive which provides HFS+ drivers for Windows.

    So, I suggest:

    Mac only: HFS+
    PC only: NTFS
    One Mac/one PC: NTFS (with MacFUSE/NTFS-3G on the Mac)
    One Mac/several PCs: NTFS (with MacFUSE/NTFS-3G on the Mac)
    Several Macs/one PC: HFS+ (with MacDrive on the PC)
    Several Macs/several PCs: FAT32

    That's up to you. You can put anything anywhere you want, even applications. Before I upgraded my iMac to 1.5 TB, I had all of my games, Mac and Windows, installed on my NTFS-formatted external drive. Some applications do have to be installed to the running OS X partition, though.

    If you have room, I would suggest putting everything on your internal drive and reserving your external drive for backups, though.
     
  3. Xonnie316 thread starter macrumors member

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    BlueRevolution I would like to say thanks so so much for this nice and detailed reply. This is the response I was waiting to hear :)

    Cheers mate !
     

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