On Fri, 22 Aug 2008 13:13:29 -0500, "Andrew Gould" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > I couldn't help myself. During lunch, I found a 3.5" 1TB SATA internal HD > **and** a USB2 HD enclosure for SATA drives on sale at large % discounts. > It was more than I could resist. > > The operating systems in my home include FreeBSD, NetBSD, Mac OS X and > Windows XP Pro. If I want all of these systems to be able to read and write > to the drive, what file system should I use? I know fat32 is pretty > universal, but is it advisable?
Well, the filesystem with the most interchange quality isn't a real file system - it's tar. Inside the UNIX world, it's very welcome if you need to exchange data from, let's say, Sun, SGI and x86 UNIX systems using a physical device. Because "Windows" is intendedly not able to access file systems that are not made by MICROS~1, UFS (which you could access from Mac OS X as well as from the BSDs) would be a good choice, but it can't be chose due to your requirements in this setting. Something like an MS-DOS filesystem would be accessible from all the systems you mentioned, but it doesn't bring you much comfort (for example no user management, no access rights). -- Polytropon >From Magdeburg, Germany Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0 Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ... _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"