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22nd February 2004, 02:49 PM

I am completely new to Macs. Which is the better file system for a fresh install of OS X?

22nd February 2004, 03:30 PM
Well, when you install, the installer recommends using HFS+ (in 10.3).
HFS is native to the Mac platform, so it really is best to use it. Unless you know why the UNIX filesystem is better (if it is, I have no idea :P), don't use it.

23rd February 2004, 09:58 AM
hfs+ supports meta data, ufs does not.

OSX needs meta data for some apps/documents


23rd February 2004, 11:01 AM
HFS+ is better, for two reasons:

a) Any version of Mac OS from 8.1 to X can read/write it

b) It supports volumes bigger than 4 GB (UFS only supports volumes up to 4 gig)

23rd February 2004, 12:51 PM
HFS+ is definitely the way to go for your hard disk format. UFS will be familiar to Unix propellerhead types but it has no provision for correctly treating Macintosh files with their resource and data forks. Also you can easily create an UFS disk that is unreadable by all other Macs on your network and you may not wish to do that.

For seamless and simple use of a Macintosh, always use UFS+ and always "Journal" your primary boot drive.