sharing between APFS and HFS+

Discussion in 'macOS Mojave (10.14)' started by strawbale, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. strawbale macrumors 6502

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    Hoping to soon get a new(er) Mac that runs 10.14, When that will use APFS will I still be able to share (read a/o write) files with another (older) Mac that uses HFS+ ?
     
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    Yes, Mojave can read/write to the older file format.
     
  3. strawbale thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks!
    What about the other way around: can a mac, let's say, on Snow Leopard or El Capitan read and copy files from another Mac on Mojave & APFS? (assuming that writing to it would be impossible)
     
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    No because Apple has long stopped updating those operating systems.
     
  5. strawbale thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So if I want to continue sharing files between Mac computers I should never update any of them to APFS?
    PS: is het possible to run 10.14 and stay on HFS+ ?
     
  6. iVoid macrumors 65816

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    If you mean sharing files over the network, that should still work between different Macs regardless of the disk format.

    If you mean being able to plug in a APFS formatted USB drive or connecting a Mac in target disk mode, then no. Earlier OSes won't be able to read the APFS formatting.
     
  7. strawbale, Oct 2, 2018
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    strawbale thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'd like to (continue to) share files from my (still to be purchased) new(er) Mac on 10.14 (and APFS) to my older Macs; for instances my Pictures folder (and subfolders), where read-only sharing to the older Mac(s) would suffice for me.

    Edit: what I do at the moment with my current Macs (on 10.11 and 10.6) is selectively opting for 'sharing' certain files and, more commonly, some folders (with their subfolders) in Finder, like:

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  8. Stevies3 macrumors member

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    Will my backup on an external drive formatted with the older HFS+ be read from a newer computer formatted with APFS?
     
  9. chabig macrumors 603

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    Yes.
     

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