Not sure how to answer this question. You can format it however you want.... it depends on what you intend to use it for? if you mean for your Bootcamp installation to go on the opti bay? I don't see why you could not do that.I see... Would it be ok if I formatted the HDD in optibay to NTFS?
NTFS can only be accessed but not written to via OSX therefore you will need Paragon NTFS for OSX.....or similar to allow read/write access....I have mine setup with Paragon NTFS for OSX($19) works wonders for accessing my bootcamp drive and I have macdrive 8 (torrent) that I use from my bootcamp to read/write to my storage partition(which is formatted to HFS+) noting my Bootcamp is stored on HDD and Only OSX uses my SSD...since I don't use windows as much, its mainly a backup OS incase my SSD fails and for things that I cannot do via OSX(for work & school).The HDD in Optibay will be for my data, such as music, movies, pics etc., so I guess it would only make sense to format it to NTFS so to be able to transfer files bigger than 4GB...? Or are there any limitations that I should be aware of?
I think you can format it to exFAT, which does allow for larger than 4GB file transfer.The HDD in Optibay will be for my data, such as music, movies, pics etc., so I guess it would only make sense to format it to NTFS so to be able to transfer files bigger than 4GB...? Or are there any limitations that I should be aware of?
Obviously that it's accessible to both Mac and Windows free of charge. Here's a nice pros vs cons list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exfat#Advantages. I would rather use this since it is supported natively by both OS's (assuming you're using Windows 7).What are the advantages over NTFS?
But that was only true for the first 2011 Notebook sold. Since April/May they sell with SATA 3 on both ports. Some poster said that there is still some bug that keeps them from actually running that speed. Also there was an issue that was fixed by a firmware upgrade with bad SATA signal quality. If you didn't buy your 2011 in the frist 2 months after release I would check out if it really cannot get SATA 3 speeds in the optibay instead of just taking it for granted.(because it's SATA 2 as opposed to the main HDD bay, where you can get 6G speeds)
The File Format does matter. If you want to Read/Write files from both OS-X and Windows you will need to use something like FAT32. You cannot use NTFS for that as Mac cannot modify files on it properly. FAT32 is limited in maximum size of the partition though but will work.I have a similar question. I just bought an intel320 120 GB SSD for my white macbook (2007). I'm going to try to fit OSX and Windows 7 + apps on the ssd and use my old hard drive for data.
I don't understand all this NTFS/fat32 stuff. Should I just partition my HDD as well, one side for OSX data and one for Windows data? Or do partitions not really matter on a data disk?
or:6Gb/s SATAIII SSD's DO NOT WORK IN THE OPTICAL BAY DRIVE! I have Tested this with my SATAIII Corsair Force Series 3 SSD, Works 100% from main bay but doesn't work from optical bay drive. there is a great thread(think it was on OWC forums) I found way back when I was wondering same thing which explained why! don't waste your time trying things, IF you haven't tested it then I don't think its worth suggesting to someone.
FYI NTFS is only READABLE in OSX not WRITABLE! So if you do decide to format your Storage HDD into NTFS you will need Paragons NTFS for OSX to enable WRITE natively, otherwise you will have to download anything to everything onto your SSD....hence reducing the life...
Here are your options:
Partition 1: OSX
Partition 2: Win7
- NTFS (Install Paragons NTFS for Mac)
- HFS+ (Install Macdrive 8 or Paragons HFS+ for Windows)
Alternatively You can install Paragons NTFS and HFS drivers on OSX & Win7 so you can access your system 100% natively regardless of partition type and location (SSD or HDD) making life as easy as it can get......
I wouldn't touch a SATA 3 SSD yet. They've had too many issues with stability and controllers.I disagree with putting the SSD into the optibay... I've done quite some research on this and basically you can never reach your SSD's potential if you put it in the optibay (because it's SATA 2 as opposed to the main HDD bay, where you can get 6G speeds), so I'll definitely put it in the main HDD bay. I believe 17" MBPs had some trouble with SATA 3, but I have a 15" MBP so it should be fine in the main HDD bay - and my SSD is 6G, so it would definitely run slower in the optibay.
So you say it wouldn't be detrimental for my SSD if I kept both OS X and Bootcamp partitions on it?
Although I would obviously try to keep as much as possible or at least the most often used stuff on the SSD
What stuff would that include?