File System Format Comparisons


Drives can be setup with various file systems and each file system has pros and cons. Here is a list that includes a few of these pros and cons.
 
File Systems
 NTFSMacOS Extended Journaled (HFS+)exFATFAT32 (MS-DOS)
Pro(s):Native to WindowsNative to MacOSCan be used between Mac and WindowsCan be used between Mac and Windows
 Supports JournalingSupports Journaling No longer limited to files 4GB or less 
 Keeps track of permissionsKeeps track of permissions  
     
Con(s):Write protected on Mac operating systems (Can be overcome with NTFS driver)Will not mount on Windows computer (Can be overcome with HFS+ driver)Does not see resource and data forks correctly (Potential risk when going between Mac and Windows)4GB size limit for single files
 Does not work with Time Machine Does not work with File History or Time MachineDoes not see resource and data forks correctly (Potential risk when going between Mac and Windows)
   Requires driver for Windows XPDoes not work with File History or Time Machine
   Does not keep track of file permissionsDoes not keep track of file permissions
     




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