file system for FreeBSD, OS X and WinXP?
derek at computinginnovations.com
Sun Dec 31 15:53:19 PST 2006
I would use the drive under FreeBSD and mount it over the network using
samba. Physically moving drives makes little sense when you can share the
drive over a network.
At 05:08 PM 12/31/2006, Keith Beattie wrote:
>I recently picked up a big 700G external USB/Firewire Seagate drive with the
>hopes of using it to store my growing collection of music, photos, etc.
>currently spread across several different machines (all with nearly full
>discs). My hope is that I could use a single file system on this drive
>which could then be plugged into any of these machines which run FreeBSD, OS
>X, or WinXP.
>The disc came formatted FAT32, which FreeBSD didn't like ("too big" was the
>error when mounting). Formatting it UFS on OS X, showed that Apple's notion
>of UFS differs significantly from FreeBSD's notion of UFS. Formatting it
>under FreeBSD, likewise, leaves it only usable there.
>Is there a file system which will work for a drive this size on at least
>FreeBSD and OS X? It appears that HFS+ is a possibility, but I'm concerned
>that the support for that file system under FreeBSD is not current. What
>are people's experiences here? Is it perhaps better to punt on the idea of
>moving the drive about and go with a NAS-like solution running NFS/Samba and
>such on the FreeBSD box?
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