what filesystem do you recommend for external drive to use with OS X and Linux?

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  1. rezzo macrumors regular

    rezzo

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    Hi guys,
    some recommendations to what filesystem to use with a external hdd drive (a new 1Tb Western Digital portable)? I want to use the drive with Macs and GNU/Linux machines.

    HFS+, exFAT or NTFS? One which can offer good performance and good support (native or with third party addons) in both operating systems.

    thanks for any assistance
     
  2. jpcarro macrumors 6502

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    Just OS X and Linux? No Windows requirement? Go with EXT4.
     
  3. rezzo thread starter macrumors regular

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    really, ext4? i never heard about ext4 with OS X. Have native support?
     
  4. imusi macrumors newbie

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    actually FAT32/NTFS will do... however you need a software called "NTFS for mac" to write fils into NTFS HDD.

    Or HFS+ filesystem. Here's information about how to mount hfs+ under linux OS (kernel 2.6.15 or higher needed): http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/HOWTO_hfsplus
     
  5. rezzo thread starter macrumors regular

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