Accessing UFS partitions from a Macbook
smithi at nimnet.asn.au
Thu Apr 20 17:22:14 UTC 2017
On Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:56:23 +0200, Tomek CEDRO wrote:
> If you only intend to use external HDD with Mac use native HFS+ that
> would dramatically increase efficiency over FAT. You may also want to
> enable encryption that is not really affecting speed noticably and may
> protect data on a drive in case it gets stolen.
> If you want to work with large files and windoze you may prefer to use
> exFAT instead FAT32. That would allow large files on a large drive
> plus (limited) OS interoperability. Except you will really need to
> wait long for fsck to finish with *FAT. fsck part is important as
> macOS tries that on automount and you will see no drive after plugging
> it into USB port before its verified clean.
Thanks for info. This is mostly for a one-off copy, largest files are
~200MiB .wavs, plus some .mp3s, .png spectrograms and several programs,
not too big for FAT32, neither will be a say 96GiB partition, though
I'll need to limit any compreesed archives to <4GiB on FAT32.
> True, FUSE gets the job done. And it sucks there is still no common
> filesystem to work well on all OS. UDF could be the candidate, but
> still most OS can NOT mkfs nor write including FreeBSD :-(
Considering how BSD-ish it seems in Terminal - df, du and other commands
working as expected - I was a bit surprised that it doesn't support UFS
natively, given its heritage. When I first ran mount it complained - as
will FreeBSD without an fstab entry - about needing the -t switch, but
'mount -t ufs' didn't complain about that but a (not) missing directory.
> Remember about native SSH on macOS (see System Preferences / Sharing /
> Remote Login) that could give you nice way to get the job done
> remotely :-)
Thanks for the method .. ssh access was shaping to be my next question,
sftp -p likely being the quickest short-term solution here, and I won't
need to scare my daughter by messing around with her precious Macbook :)
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