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Initialize and Format External Drives in what Format

 Rupp
(@rupp)
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I apologize for this very basic question.

I've been sort of ignoring the APFS format until now. I just got a MacBookPro 16" M1 running Monterey. I've hooked up a ThunderBay 4, and will be using SATA drives mostly for storage and backup. How should I format the drives. I plan to have 1 or 2, two drive mirrors for now. I have SoftRAID Pro. What format should I use? 

While I'm asking, one should format external SSD's with APFS?

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Topic starter Posted : 05/11/2021 1:12 pm
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Its up to you, but Apple recommends APFS on flash media, so we set it as the default for new volumes.

Its somewhat slower, but on flash, you won't notice.

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Posted : 05/11/2021 2:07 pm
 Rupp
(@rupp)
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@softraid-support

 

In the Thunderbay 4 I have SATA drives. Would I use APFS on those? 

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Topic starter Posted : 05/11/2021 7:55 pm
(@softraid-support)
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@rupp

HDD's are slow under APFS, which is the main reason HFS is recommended. Time Machine must have APFS, however.

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Posted : 05/11/2021 9:25 pm
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