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(@davidbarkin)
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  1. I have the Thunder at 8 and have created a Volume. I have two empty slots that I want to put two new empty HDs in. Do I Format the drivers while in the Thunder Bay or outside and then put in Bay. Is there a reference on how to Format and start using a new HD. I will not be making a Volume with these.  Thanks
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Topic starter Posted : 02/11/2021 1:05 pm
(@softraid-support)
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When you say you are not making a volume on them, they will be spares? Or not SoftRAID volumes?

I would "certify" the two disks in any case. that will take a few days, but ensure they are reliable.

If you want them as "spares", but no volumes, initialize them with SoftRAID, but don't create a volume. then you won't get the macOS message every startup to initialize the disks.

Is this your question?

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Posted : 02/11/2021 1:14 pm
(@davidbarkin)
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Sorry about my confusing question. Yes I will not be making them into Volumes. I'm using them to store images that are already backed up .  I will put them in the enclosure, do the "certify" and then initialize. I will name them also during this process. Thank you.    David

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Topic starter Posted : 02/11/2021 9:52 pm
(@softraid-support)
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@davidbarkin

You actually mean you are not making them SoftRAID volumes.

after they pass certify, erase them in Disk Utility.

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Posted : 03/11/2021 1:54 am
(@davidbarkin)
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correct, SoftRAID volumesnwill NOT be made.  When I use Erase is there a Format that works best. I usually use Mac OS Extended (journaled). Is there any reason to use another?

Thank you for your help.

David

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Topic starter Posted : 03/11/2021 7:05 am
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@davidbarkin

If they are HDD, no, use HFS, as APFS, while "better" and more reliable, is 50% slower in usage.

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Posted : 03/11/2021 10:15 am
(@davidbarkin)
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Thanks. These are 6tb internal Hard drives. I think you are saying APFS is slow and I should not use HFS either. What about MAC EXTENDED?

 Thanks 

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Topic starter Posted : 03/11/2021 11:47 am
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@davidbarkin

Sorry for the confusion. They are the same, HFS + is the same as macOS Extended.

There are really two main macOS file systems, APFS and HFS.

For HDD's choose HFS.

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Posted : 03/11/2021 5:00 pm
(@davidbarkin)
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Thanks for settling this. Naming things can be so confusing sometimes.Thanks for all of your support on this Forum. I'm sure I will have more in the future.

Stay healthy.

David

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Topic starter Posted : 03/11/2021 5:05 pm
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