Format for external drive

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Format for external drive

I just got myself an external backup drive (a 650GB Seagate and a Metal Gear Firewire/USB external case) supplementing the two internal drives in my Quicksilver 2002. The question I have is what format should I go with? I might want to access the drive (for backup) from a Linux machine and maybe (this is a large maybe) from a Windows machine. So i figure my options are NTFS, HFS+, or one of those Linux formats (I can't remember what they are called).
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ext2 and ext3

are two linux formats, FWIW

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OS X only has rudimentary NTF

OS X only has rudimentary NTFS support, and IIRC can't write to drives formatted as such. If you want to be able to use it in Windows, you'll need to go FAT32 (which OS X can read/write just fine). There are, of course, the inherent filesystem limitations (maximum of 2GB files, etc.), but it's the simplest way to get it done.

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Yeah, just found out

Couldn't copy my pictures over to the drive formatted as NTFS (from Seagate). So I just formatted it as HFS Extended (Journaled). I'll install the HFS utilities on the Linux machine and I think they also exists for Windows, but that is a minor issue.

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The journaling may or may not

The journaling may or may not cause trouble on Linux. I haven't kept up on the HFS+ support, but I know a couple years ago it was recommended to turn it off if you were going to use GPartEd in Linux to resize and HFS+ partition. I don't know if there was any effect on r/w of files.

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