NTFS-3G on External Drive - performance?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by sick z33, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. sick z33 macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2008
    I am currently in the market for a portable external hard drive or enclosure with usb2+fw800. (Any recommendations BTW?)

    Is there any time of performance decrease in reading/writing onto the drive if its formated as NFTS and then use NTFS-3G on my Mac? Compared to HFS+ which is Mac's native partition.

    My main issue is wanting this external drive to be compatible between my Mac and Windows machines. Also want to run Time Machine backups on the drive,

    I know Fat32 would be another option, but not when it comes to large ISOs and 1080p videos larger than 4GB.
  2. skarocks47 macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2008

    I find that NFTS-3g read/write speeds to be around 30% slower than a HFS+ or Fat32 formatted drive.
    Also Im not sure at all on this but i think TM might require a fat 32 or HFS format. If it does you could just partition the drive. 1 for files the other for TM
  3. sick z33 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2008

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