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    Question Best file-system for use with multiple operating systems?

    I want to use some external hard-drives on several machines which could be running versions of either Linux or Windows (XP or Vista).

    Which is the best file-system to format these drives for so that they can be fully used by either OS?

    While I'm here, what about OS X? Does it use vanilla Linux/Unix FSs?

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    Default Re: Best file-system for use with multiple operating systems

    Ext3 I'd say. It has pretty good drivers for Win and, iirc, for Mac

    there's also an xfs driver for Win, but I don't know its state nor do I know if it supports Mac

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    Default Re: Best file-system for use with multiple operating systems

    Thanks, mc8. I should've said that the drives might get attached to Windoze systems where there's little or no possibility of installing any extra software.

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    Default Re: Best file-system for use with multiple operating systems

    Then go with FAT, supported by default on all platforms (Mac, Linux, Windows, Solaris, BSD)

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    Default Re: Best file-system for use with multiple operating systems

    Thank you. In that case I guess there's nothing better than FAT32.

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