NTFS vs Journaled for External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CrazyMuttDesign, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. CrazyMuttDesign macrumors newbie

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    Hello All,

    I am a developer and longtime PC user who recently made the move to a Macbook Pro. However, at work I am still in a PC (Windows 7) environment.

    I have an external hard drive that I use on both computers to share files that I work on in both. It is formatted as an NTFS volume and I am using Tuxera on my Mac to simplify using the NTFS drive in a Mac environment.

    Anyways, I am also a bit of a performance hound. So, my question is this:

    Would I see any significant speed improvement using my external hard drive on my Mac if I reformatted it as a Mac Journaled volume or is what I am doing now just as good?

    I know that if I do this, I will have to get a utility on my work PC that will allow me to read the drive, but I am more concerned with how it functions on my Mac than my PC.

    Any advice you can offer would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Bob
     
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    To be honest with you I have never seen a noticeable difference between the two (I have a 640GB Ext formatted as such: 1 80GB NTFS Partition for PCs, 1 HFS+ for Time Machine, 1 Journaled for my Mac data). So I cant think it actually matters (Mine is used as a Scratch disc for Video editing btw, so its pretty intense work for an external :) )
     
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I suspect that the speed of the interface and drive itself is far more important than the file system type.
     

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