External HD partitioning & formatting considerations


One of my clients has a mixed Linux/Mac OS/Windows environment in his office.
He just purchased a 4 TB external hard disk, which he intends to use on his
various workstations.

Up until recently, I've been using plain old MBR/FAT for hard disks in mixed
environments. Fire up fdisk, make one big 0b type partition, and then format it
using mkdosfs.

Unfortunately, there's a 2 TB limit to that.

Of course, I could still use a GPT partition, but then I'd still have to format
it using a "common denominator" filesystem, e. g. FAT... which is also limited
to 2 TB as far as I know.

So what now? Use Windows 10 to format the disk using NTFS? This, Windows and
Linux could use it, and I'd have to check if Mac OS can manage NTFS file
systems. A few years ago, it didn't.

Any suggestions?



Re: External HD partitioning & formatting consideration

By fred smith at 11/30/2019 - 12:10

On Sat, Nov 30, 2019 at 05:19:44PM +0100, Nicolas Kovacs wrote:
Maybe UDF?

Re: External HD partitioning & formatting consideration

By Pierre Emerald at 11/30/2019 - 14:38

What about exfat ?

2019年11月30日(土) 18:10 Fred Smith < ... at fcshome dot>: