NTFS vs FAT32???

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  1. watsonjm macrumors regular

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    I am thinking of getting a mac mini but im having a few problems with external hard drives.

    Atm i have 2 externals, 1 NTFS and 1 FAT32. as i understand it macs can only write on FAT32, is that right?

    My biggest problem are my HD movies which are 7gb. Is there a way to get them from my mac mini desktop to an external if i cant use an NTFS drive and FAT32 wont hold single files bigger than about 6gb?

    Ne ideas?

    Thanks
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Will it only be used with a Mac?

    If so, just use HFS+ Journaled.

    If not, use NTFS and install NTFS-3G and MacFUSE.
     
  3. watsonjm thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow you jst said a whole lot of stuff i didnt understand

    It will probs be used with mac and pc. does it make a difference if im using windows in boot camp?

    whats HFS+ journaled and NTFS-3G and MacFUSE?
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    If you want the hard drive to work from both OS X and Windows, format it as NTFS and then go download and install NTFS-3G and MacFUSE (utilities, of sorts) in OS X.

    HFS+ Journaled is OS X's filesystem.
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    HFS+ journaled is the usual OSx file system.

    NTFS-3G and MacFUSE is an add-on that allows OSx to read and write NTFS files. Try searching google.
     
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  7. sup macrumors newbie

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    Why not format it to HFS+ and use MacDrive for file access via Windows? Wouldn't this be preferable to the NTFS alternative, given the advantages of HFS+?
     
  8. talmy macrumors 601

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    If the OP can share files over a network, then the problem becomes moot. Just format the externals HFS+ and access from the Windows box by enabling file sharing on the Mac.
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Nice resurrection of 2 year old thread.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
    • Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
    • To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X: Install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free)
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx 33USD).
    • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)
    • Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X
    • Required for Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner backups of Mac internal hard drive.
    • To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive
    • To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer
    • Maximum file size: 8EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 8EiB
    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
     

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