Stuck with Mac OS Extended (Journaled) in Lion Disk Utility

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by iMikeT, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    I'm formatting an external hard drive in Disk Utility in Lion and upon picking a format for the disk (and subsequent partitions), the only choices I had were the following:

    Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Mac OS Extended (Journaled, encrypted)
    Mac OS Extended (case-sensitive, Journaled)
    Mac OS Extended (case-sensitive, Journaled, encrypted)

    And a couple of other formats I really didn't care for...

    Anyway, I was looking for and wanted to use the original HFS+ format of Mac OS Extended (not Journaled) but realized that it was not there in Lion. What's the deal with a non-Journaled Mac OS Extended not being in Lion?

    Also, other than booting into Snow Leopard, is there anyway to not have a Journaled volume in Lion?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Why would you not want Journaled?
  3. iMikeT thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006

    It's a bare drive for data only.

    Why would you advocate for a journaled drive if I'm not installing an os on it?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It doesn't matter if you're putting an OS on it. It makes a drive less likely to become corrupted in the event of a crash. Why would you not want to protect your data?

    Mac OS X: About file system journaling
  5. iMikeT thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006

    Ok you convinced me, I'm going to leave the drive journaled.
  6. duongquaphim macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2012

    I 'd like to have a backup disk for Linux and Mac Lion. Using HFS+ with journaled make the disk read-only in Linux. So I 'd like to use HFS+ without Journaled but can't find that option in Disk Utility. Do you have any suggestions?

  7. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I wasn't aware that Journaling was the significant factor, since Linux systems need additional software to read any HFS+ formatted disk. Perhaps a partitioned drive or one with a different format would work best for you? Be aware that Time Machine will not work on a drive that does not have Journaling enabled, so you'd have to use a different backup system if you choose not to use HFS+ Journaled.

  8. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    "I 'd like to have a backup disk for Linux and Mac Lion. Using HFS+ with journaled make the disk read-only in Linux. So I 'd like to use HFS+ without Journaled but can't find that option in Disk Utility. Do you have any suggestions?"

    I don't think "un-journaled" is possible with Lion. No option for it.

    With Lion, it's now "journaling, or nothing".

    Perhaps there is a technical reason for this -- or perhaps Apple just decided to take one more option away from us.

    Speaking of taking options away, wait 'til you install Mountain Lion. I did (just for the heck of it), and when I went to set up the, discovered that Apple took away the ability to set Mail up for a "POP" server! No choice even possible any longer!
  9. fisherking macrumors 603


    Jul 16, 2010
    ny somewhere
    i doubt that will be the case by the time of official release...
  10. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    A journal is useful if the OS has a chance to use the journal. The journal is nonsense for disk images, which you convert later to read-only and/or compressed disk images. Journals are not supported on read-only media, such as standard CDs/DVDs. HFS+ is also a little faster than HFS+ Journaled. Sometimes, the kernel uses the journal in the wrong way, which results in files, which have a length of zero bytes. And so on...

    HFS+ Journaled is useful for faster reboots, after unexpected restarts, and only on read/write startup disks.
  11. lcouri macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2012
    Here's where you DON'T want journaled

    if you run a Mac system (no PC ) and you have a media player that is not made by Apple - then you can't format an external drive FAT32 because you can't transfer over a Hi Def movie (>5GB). If you format with 'journaled' the media player tends to corrupt the file system and render the drive unusable by the mac and risk reformatting and losing all your media ... That's why a Non-journaled option is required ... so anyone find a solution to the original question?
  12. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    I have an 1.5 TB IOmega external hard drive on which I have numerous "instructional videos." The external hard drive is formatted HFS+ Journaled. I use a third-party player to play the videos. After about 2.5 years owning the drive, I have not a hint of corruption.

    Yours is the very first report I have ever heard that HFS+ Journaled is incompatible with any software of any kind from any source. On its face, your post sounds silly. HFS+ Journaled like every other journaled file system is designed to mitigate file corruption. If any of what you claim were true, then HFS+ would be an abject failure.

    Two questions:
    1. Which third-party media player(s) is(are) incompatible with HFS+ Journaled?
    2. What is your source of this information? (Link please.)
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I agree! It sounds completely bogus. Now there's a roughly a 33% chance that you'll get a response, as that was that poster's first and only post in the forum.
  14. velopunk macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2012
    Before you call something "silly" or "bogus", try reading a little bit. A novel concept, I know.

    If all you ever use are Apple products, then maybe not being able to use a non-journaled file system is a non-issue. It was already explained to you, if you had bothered to read, that it presents a challenge when the file system needs to be accessed by other platforms. Linux systems in particular currently cannot write to HFS+ journaled file systems, and there are many appliances that are based on a Linux kernel. At one time I used an external drive as a shared backup medium for Mac and Linux; this will no longer be possible. There are other valid reasons for choosing a non-journaled file system, which other posters have already pointed out. I won't repeat them, since you are clearly too busy playing with your Ipad to pay any attention.

  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I didn't say it was silly or bogus. I said it sounds bogus.
    I don't only use Apple products. I've never had any issues accessing a journaled drive.
    The Linux issue has already been discussed. The post by Icouri referenced Mac and PC, not Linux.
    I realize that. I have, after all, read the thread.
    I've never owned an iPad and I am paying attention. Your first and only post in this forum isn't a great way to introduce yourself. Now there's a 33% chance that we'll ever hear from you again. :rolleyes:
  16. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Thank you for posting the link. I now understand that Linux cannot handle HFS+ Journaled and that Apple supports only HFS+ write access on Windows. In the case of Windows, I see nothing to indicate that journaling is an aggravating factor. The issues that you have are permutations of these two issues. The issues that others in this thread have addressed are also permutations of these same two issues. To your credit, you provided an authority for your comment. Despite you claims of additional issues that you don't want to discuss, however, I see no other issues for you to discuss.

    Understand that the issues that bedevil you and the other dissatisfied Windows and Linux users are limitations in Windows and Linux. They are not limitations in HFS+ or HFS+ Journaled. If you want or need to use Linux and Windows in the way that you used them in the past, then you should do what Mac users do when we need to use Windows. We suck it up and install free or commercial software that solves or mitigates our issues. Then we do our work.
  17. goat10000 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2013
    Use command line

    Just in case anyone is googling this, the way to get around this is to use diskutil(8) at the command line.

    diskutil eraseVolume HFS+ VolumeName /dev/disk2s3

    as an example.

    "HFS+" will give you a regular non-journaled filesystem. The journaled equivalent is "JHFS+".
  18. kelpie77 macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2013
    Re: Use command line

    goat10000 thank you! Exactly what I needed to get my disk talking between linux and mac. Always nice to know that Apple can restrict stuff all they want in the GUI - its still BSD under the hood.

  19. elddum, Jan 13, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2014

    elddum macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2014
    Use Disk Utility to create an HFS+ (not journaled)

    A quicker way I found to format as HFS+ (not journaled) in Mountain Lion still using the Disk Utility GUI is to format as HFS+ (Journaled), then Disable Journalling using Disk Utility. Steps are: with the newly created HFS+ (Journaled) partition/volume highlighted, hold down Option key and select File menu, and the Disable Journaling option appears - select it. This will take a few seconds and you will have an HFS+ (not journaled) volume.

    Worked great for me in setting up an external (USB attached) drive to my NAS (LaCie d2 Network 2).

    Thanks to post here for the insight -->

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