NTFS vs ExFAT for a non-system SSD

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    W10Prox64
       #21

    Not to hijack this thread, but since you guys are so knowledgeable on the subject, I thought I might pick your brains?

    Which would be best to use for external USB 2TB or 3TB hard drives, storing photos, to swap between a Windows machine and a Mac? and would there be complications with any of them? I have a situation where raw photos would be uploaded from a camera to a Windows machine, transferred to Mac for certain processing, and then transferred back to the Windows machine.

    TIA for your help.
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    2004
       #22

    simrick said:
    Which would be best to use for external USB 2TB or 3TB hard drives, storing photos, to swap between a Windows machine and a Mac?
    I would definitely NOT use ExFAT. I have had no end of problems with OS X corrupting ExFAT and having to repair (Google "osx exfat corrupted"). You could use FAT32 if you are sure that you'll never want to save anything bigger than 4GB (which you inevitably will at some point).

    Previously I have used NTFS (as I use Windows more) but at the moment in El Capitan there is no free NTFS driver (NTFS-3G doesn't work) so currently I'd format your drive HFS+ on OSX. I use Windows HFS+ driver from HFS+ for Windows® 8/8.1 Free Edition to access HFS+ partitons and it works fine on Windows 10 and is free.

    You might want to consider formatting most of your drive NTFS (Mac can read NTFS fine) and making a small HFS+ scratch partition (or FAT32 if you don't want to install another driver) to transfer the photos back. You could then copy them to NTFS partition from Windows after processing.
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    Kernel 4.x.x
       #23

    simrick said:
    Not to hijack this thread, but since you guys are so knowledgeable on the subject, I thought I might pick your brains?

    Which would be best to use for external USB 2TB or 3TB hard drives, storing photos, to swap between a Windows machine and a Mac? and would there be complications with any of them? I have a situation where raw photos would be uploaded from a camera to a Windows machine, transferred to Mac for certain processing, and then transferred back to the Windows machine.

    TIA for your help.

    I agree with halasz answer.

    Partition the disk, use NTFS for a majority of the space. Use smaller partition for when you process the photos on OS X.


    An alternative could be to use the UDF filesystem, but halasz's answer is a far better idea.

    In windows to format a volume as UDF use, where #: is your drive letter:
    Code:
    Format #: /FS:UDF
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  4. Posts : 16,278
    W10Prox64
       #24

    Thank you both. I will make some recommendations to my friend about this.
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #25

    Whith what purpose ExFAT was created?
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #26

    Sorry, wrong forum thread
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