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File System Format Comparisons

This article covers some of the different file systems with the pros and cons of each one.


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
  NTFS MacOS Extended Journaled (HFS+) exFAT FAT32 (MS-DOS)
Pro(s): Native to Windows Native to MacOS Can be used between Mac and Windows Can be used between Mac and Windows
  Supports Journaling Supports Journaling  No longer limited to files 4GB or less  
  Keeps track of permissions Keeps 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 Machine Does not see resource and data forks correctly (Potential risk when going between Mac and Windows)
      Requires driver for Windows XP Does not work with File History or Time Machine
      Does not keep track of file permissions Does not keep track of file permissions