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graph101 10-07-2010 12:33 AM

External HD: in HFS or NTFS?
I can work with NTFS HD with no problem on my macbook w "NTFS for MACOS" app. I also will be accessing files with a windows XP laptop.

is it better to work in NTFS or is HFS advisable when working via firewire 800 on macbook 2010?

I havent found a decent software for XP that can access HFS.

Will i run into journaling problem if I access the drives with different OS?

Am i risking corruption if i constantly access NTFS drives in my macbook by using 3rd party software?

bobtomay 10-07-2010 06:55 AM

If all you're doing is transferring data files back and forth, I tend to use NTFS for that drive. I use Paragon's NTFS for Mac which also comes with a driver to allow Windows to read HFS drives, although, I haven't had the need to use it as all of my machines are networked.

If you're using the drive as a backup to your Mac, you should be using HFS.

I've been using the Paragon software for about 3 years and have not noticed any data corruption (knock on wood).

scathe 10-07-2010 08:35 AM


Originally Posted by graph101 (Post 1122422)
I havent found a decent software for XP that can access HFS.

If you ever need to access a HFS volume from Windows, I can recommend MacDrive from Mediafour, it provides HFS read/write capabilities and you can access the drive natively.

MacDrive Mediafour

I haven't found an opensource/free option.

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