filesystems for external drivesx

Paul Makepeace paulm at
Fri Nov 1 17:24:57 GMT 2013

On Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 6:30 AM, Nicholas Clark <nick at> wrote:
> Dear knowledgeable hive mind,
> 1) I can mount NTFS read/write on Linux. But is there any good way on Linux
>    to correctly copy files from one NTFS file system to another, preserving
>    everything? (specifically Alternate Data Streams, which I see that I have
>    here, when I mount said file system read-only on OS X)
> 2) Is there any sane choice of file system to use which will mount read/write
>    on both Linux and OS X, and support at least basic POSIX features?
>    (ownership, permissions, hard links) (on Snow Leopard, if it matters)

Personally, I'd just drop the $40 and get this,

Or you can go the free route (YMMV),

Yet another option that's worked for me in the past is running a Linux
VM and sharing it over Samba. Not as painful/unreliable as I was

> 3) Is there any Linux equivalent to OS X sparse bundles?
>    (And if the answer to that is yes, I guess it mostly doesn't matter, as one
>    just formats the disk as FAT32, and makes images on top of it) - worth a shot?


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