Seagate Backup Ultra Touch 2 TB Format exFAT

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What allocation size I should keep?

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  1. Peter Griffin

    Peter Griffin Notebook Guru

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    Currently using a windows 10 laptop. I bought a new Seagate Backup Ultra Touch 2 TB Hard Drive.
    As I saw it comes with default exFAT format. I format to NTFS suddenly. Because all my HDD were in NTFS.

    I am also planning to buy a macbook pro this holiday season. I get to know that NTFS can only be read in mac not writable. So the only option is to make my hard disk exFAT again. My personal data is 250GB music, 100GB photos and 700GB of shows and movies.
    But the thing is what allocation size I should set? The default windows 10 is showing 512k. One guy told me you must keep 1024K in macs otherwise it will get corrupted in using both mac and windows. I don't remember what was the factory set allocation size when it came out of the box from seagate. Please help me out!
    Should I keep 128K or 512K?
     
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    jclausius Notebook Virtuoso

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    If the majority of your files on average are 1MB or more, then 1024K might be OK, but personally, I'd feel better about something smaller.

    Have you tried to format to exFat on your Mac using the Disk Utility? I think the exFat allocation size suggested in macOS might leave less room for error.

     
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  3. Peter Griffin

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    I called seagate and they gave me link to some paragon driver. According to him this driver will solve the issue to not able to delete or write and NTFS drive in a mac. What do you think? Is it safe and will not make my drive corrupted?

    I don't own a mac right now. I have windows10 laptops at my home.
     
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    Sorry. I have no experience with that.

    Do you know anyone that has a Mac? If so, maybe they could format it for you? Otherwise, see if you can do some research on videos or instructional web pages for formatting exFat on a Mac. If you could figure out what the default page size is used there, you could still format within Windows from the command line and use a size that seems to be the default on MacOS.

     
  5. Peter Griffin

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    No! I don't have anyone right now who has mac and I don't wanna visit any friend's house due to pandemic situation. I called seagate and he told me that by default seagate recommends 128K exFAT and you can also use NTFS and play easily on macs with the paragon driver they sent me of link.
     
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    Sounds like 128KB is the way to go if you decide to go with exFat.
     
  7. Peter Griffin

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    Yeah! I formatted to 128K exFAT. Hope it remains safe and don't get corrupted switching between mac and PC.
     
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    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...ow-on-my-computer.833913/page-2#post-11043621

    I'm guessing this is the same drive.....

    Mac/Win etc... it might be time for a NAS as they're both going to be able to R/W to the drive as they're typically formatted in EXT4 since it doesn't really matter which FS structure is used since Samba translates the data to be compatible with any source/destination by the packet not the type.
     

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