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Best file System for a 1TB USB ext hdd to be used for Windows and Mac? FAT32 (Im aware of Max File 4 gig) or exFat?

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Best file System for a 1TB USB ext hdd to be used for Windows and Mac? FAT32 (Im aware of Max File 4 gig) or exFat?

Its a traditional HDD not a SSD
Is FAT32 more stable ?

Any other reasons ?

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Filesystems are stable in its core (otherwise they wouldn't exist), performance may vary very slightly So if you have to choose. NTFS is preferable for its slightly more advanced set of features.
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NTFS cant be read/write on a Mac though ..

User requires it to be used on both her Mac and PC ..
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NTFS not an option ...

From what Ive read exFAT has a single file table and Fat32 has 2 so less likely to data corrupt
FAT32 seems more stable
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Given that NTFS is considerably more robust than FAT32, it is probably worth the $20 to buy Paragon NTFS for Mac and use NTFS instead of FAT32.  The software has good reviews.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3212946/paragon-ntfs-for-mac-15-review-slick-native-performance-for-accessing-ntfs-windows-drives.html

https://www.paragon-software.com/us/home/ntfs-mac/
If you use the USB for Mac OS X more than 90% of the time HFS+ is best.  There is a free HFSExplorer that you can use to read Mac disks.  If you use the file system on Windows more than 1/3 of the time, use NTFS and either get Paragon or use one of the free ways to make NTFS writeable from a Mac.

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Use NTFS for Mac
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Look what I found ... Free NTFS read/write SW for seagate drives ...
https://www.seagate.com/gb/en/support/downloads/item/ntfs-driver-for-mac-os-master-dl/
Yes, Seagate has a license with Paragon, but it will only read and write Seagate NTFS disks from a Mac.  To read other brands, you need to pay for :Paragon or use other free software.
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I favour native stable operating system. going for two drives. one for the max only with native Opsys. the other NTFS with paragon
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thanks