what format for start up and backup hard drives in osx10.5?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by faumble, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. faumble macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2008
    Want to double check, what are the differences or what is the best format to format a hard drive in macosx (10.5.3)? I see there are various options like standard, exteneded, jornaled, etc..
    I have 2 disks one will be the startup disk and the other one will be to save my work, how should I format each?
    also, I have a third hard drive with all my media (music, movies, etc) in NTFS format, is this format better/worse or how is it different from mac's hd formats?
    thank very much!
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    HFS+ for anything you only want to use with your Mac. Pretty much required for startup disks.

    Macs can't write to NTFS formatted drives without additional software...
  3. faumble thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2008
    Thanks! so why HFS+? do the other formats have any advantages?
    I know about not being able to write to NTFS, I am just wondering what is the difference between NTFS and HFS+?
    thanks again

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