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Date:      Sun, 31 Dec 2006 17:51:54 -0600
From:      Derek Ragona <derek@computinginnovations.com>
To:        "Keith Beattie" <ksbeattie@gmail.com>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: file system for FreeBSD, OS X and WinXP?
Message-ID:  <6.0.0.22.2.20061231175033.02513ff8@mail.computinginnovations.com>
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References:  <3aa28e230612311508h6ab7ee86g8c67bbdbc238b5b7@mail.gmail.com>

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I would use the drive under FreeBSD and mount it over the network using 
samba.  Physically moving drives makes little sense when you can share the 
drive over a network.

         -Derek


At 05:08 PM 12/31/2006, Keith Beattie wrote:
>Hello all,
>
>I recently picked up a big 700G external USB/Firewire Seagate drive with the
>hopes of using it to store my growing collection of music, photos, etc.
>currently spread across several different machines (all with nearly full
>discs).  My hope is that I could use a single file system on this drive
>which could then be plugged into any of these machines which run FreeBSD, OS
>X, or WinXP.
>
>The disc came formatted FAT32, which FreeBSD didn't like ("too big" was the
>error when mounting).  Formatting it UFS on OS X, showed that Apple's notion
>of UFS differs significantly from FreeBSD's notion of UFS.  Formatting it
>under FreeBSD, likewise, leaves it only usable there.
>
>Is there a file system which will work for a drive this size on at least
>FreeBSD and OS X?  It appears that HFS+ is a possibility, but I'm concerned
>that the support for that file system under FreeBSD is not current.  What
>are people's experiences here?  Is it perhaps better to punt on the idea of
>moving the drive about and go with a NAS-like solution running NFS/Samba and
>such on the FreeBSD box?
>
>TIA,
>ksb
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