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    Most stable external HDD format?

    Hi,

    got a 1tb HDD and had no problems, but recently formated it to exfat and had it die literally the next day, recovered all files luckily, but a big pain,

    so what should I use for stability and speed, this is my backup drive, for windows 7 mainly but may be accessed from mac osx and linux at some point.

    So what should I use?

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    Re: Most stable external HDD format?

    Fat32, yes you have a 4gb file size limit but mac os and windows can read the format ok.

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    Re: Most stable external HDD format?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmage View Post
    Fat32, yes you have a 4gb file size limit but mac os and windows can read the format ok.
    Windows 7 won't make you a FAT32 above 32GB IIRC, you'll need something else to format it.

    NTFS is readable at least by all OS, writable by most, exFAT is fine on OSX I think, but FAT32 is probably the most compatible.

    A file system change shouldn't have killed an otherwise healthy disk, there may have been something else wrong with it, or the way you ejected it corrupted the file system structure.

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