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frankthetank966
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Nov 26, 2010, 06:10 PM
 
I recently purchased a 2TB Western Digital External HD that is formatted NFFTS. I need to erase the date and reformat the disk. Any suggestions as to what I should do with the volume?
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Nov 26, 2010, 06:25 PM
 
What do you plan on using the drive for?

just Macs, use hfs+

If it's a mixed environment Mac and Windows with no files over 2 4 GB, then use FAT32, unless you plan on installing an ntfs read-write driver on the Mac.
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Nov 26, 2010, 07:06 PM
 
Bleh, FAT32 has terrible limitations, you'll hit those without realising it.
Just install NTFS-3G or figure out a way to suck the HFS driver out of Bootcamp for Snow Leopard.
     
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Nov 26, 2010, 10:57 PM
 
Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
What do you plan on using the drive for?

just Macs, use hfs+

If it's a mixed environment Mac and Windows with no files over 2 GB, then use FAT32, unless you plan on installing an ntfs read-write driver on the Mac.
Mac but it would be nice to use the documents on Windows if I need to. Is there no universal volume that can be used on both?
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Nov 26, 2010, 11:08 PM
 
fat32, or what seanc wrote.
     
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Nov 26, 2010, 11:16 PM
 
Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
fat32, or what seanc wrote.
I'm a little confused as to the 2nd part of his response. He advises against FAT32. Then not sure what he means
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Nov 27, 2010, 11:07 AM
 
fat32 doesn't support files larger than 4 GB or partitions larger than 2 TB. It's handy if that's all you have, but seanc rightly recommends ntfs as the superior option. The only thing is that OS X needs a driver to write to ntfs volumes. NTFS-3G is one such driver, but if you're running boot camp, be aware of the side effect.
     
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Nov 27, 2010, 11:15 AM
 
It should be noted that the side effect is not a show stopper. I'd never noticed until Lateralus brought it up!

Snow Leopard's Bootcamp drivers come with a HFS+ driver which means you can read and write to your Mac partitions from Windows, however I've not investigated installing it on a non Apple computer.

The HFS+ driver is also buggy. I encountered issues with file structure depth/file name length. This could however have been a Windows issue. It has also been known to cause a BSOD in Windows.
     
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Nov 27, 2010, 01:23 PM
 
So what is the final verdict? FAT32? I do not use bootcamp. Does FAT32 work with time machine?

Also I've read "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" is the best.
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Nov 27, 2010, 01:31 PM
 
Do not use FAT32.

Here's my suggestion.

Install NTFS-3G
Create 2 partitions on the drive.
Format one as HFS+ for Time Machine.
Format one as NTFS for sharing documents with Windows PCs. Other Macs without NTFS-3G will be able to read the data, just not write.
     
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Nov 27, 2010, 01:36 PM
 
just use ntfs, since that's not going to cause a disaster like copying your 6 GB pst and wondering why it all didn't copy and was corrupted, or your home movies raw video backup getting hosed.
     
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Nov 27, 2010, 02:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
just use ntfs, since that's not going to cause a disaster like copying your 6 GB pst and wondering why it all didn't copy and was corrupted, or your home movies raw video backup getting hosed.
which volume is "nfts" or do i just leave it as is?
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Do not use FAT32.

Here's my suggestion.

Install NTFS-3G
Create 2 partitions on the drive.
Format one as HFS+ for Time Machine.
Format one as NTFS for sharing documents with Windows PCs. Other Macs without NTFS-3G will be able to read the data, just not write.
will time machine not work without being partioned? also which volume is hfs?
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Nov 27, 2010, 02:27 PM
 
I've never tried Time Machine with NTFS. Not sure I would trust it with the NTFS-3G 'drivers', but that's just me.

HFS and NTFS are types of filesystems.
You format whatever partition as the filesystem you want to use.
     
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Nov 27, 2010, 02:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by seanc View Post
I've never tried Time Machine with NTFS. Not sure I would trust it with the NTFS-3G 'drivers', but that's just me.

HFS and NTFS are types of filesystems.
You format whatever partition as the filesystem you want to use.
Okay, I think there is some confusion. Here is what I am doing Open Disk Utility>Select External HD>Go to Erase>Select A volume of choice> Erase

Is that not correct? If it is correct my volume are not written like that. You have option of Journaled, FAT...
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Nov 28, 2010, 11:55 AM
 
Please help sorry if I wasn't clear.
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Nov 28, 2010, 12:22 PM
 
If you want ntfs, you'll have to use Windows to format the drive.
     
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Nov 28, 2010, 05:12 PM
 
Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
If you want ntfs, you'll have to use Windows to format the drive.
Forget about Windows, whats the best way to do this so I can get all my data from my Mac onto my HD without issues and possibly use Time Machine.
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Originally Posted by frankthetank966 View Post
I recently purchased a 2TB Western Digital External HD that is formatted NFFTS. I need to erase the date and reformat the disk. Any suggestions as to what I should do with the volume?
Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
What do you plan on using the drive for?

just Macs, use hfs+

If it's a mixed environment Mac and Windows with no files over 2 4 GB, then use FAT32, unless you plan on installing an ntfs read-write driver on the Mac.
Originally Posted by frankthetank966 View Post
Forget about Windows, whats the best way to do this so I can get all my data from my Mac onto my HD without issues and possibly use Time Machine.
hfs+ journaled
     
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Nov 28, 2010, 05:41 PM
 
Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
hfs+ journaled
Perfect. So that is listed as Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" under the volumes correct?
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Nov 28, 2010, 05:43 PM
 
Yes
     
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Nov 28, 2010, 05:57 PM
 
Thanks for all your help!
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