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LaCie 1big Dock is preformatted exFAT for compatibility with both Mac and Windows computers. If you use the drive with only one type of computer, you can optimize file copy performance by formatting the drive in the native file system for your operating system.
NTFS—The native file system for Windows. macOS can read NTFS volumes but cannot natively write to them.
Mac OS Extended (HFS+)—An Apple file system optimized for macOS 10.12 and earlier. This file system remains the best option for external storage devices and is the only format compatible with Time Machine. Windows cannot natively read or write to HFS+ (journaled) volumes.
APFS (Apple File System)—An Apple file system optimized for solid state drives (SSDs) and flash-based storage systems. While APFS may benefit SSD performance, note the following restrictions:
exFAT—Compatible with macOS and Windows. exFAT is not a journaled file system which means it can be more susceptible to data corruption when errors occur or the drive is not disconnected properly from the computer.
|Use NTFS if:|
|…you connect the storage device to Windows computers, and you don’t need to allow a Mac to write to the storage device.|
|Use HFS+ if:|
|…you connect the storage device to Mac computers, and you don’t need to allow a Windows computer to read or write to the disk. HFS+ is the only format compatible with Time Machine.|
|Use APFS if:|
|…you connect the storage device to Mac computers, and you don’t need to allow a Windows computer to read or write to the drive. Do not use APFS if you intend to back up using Time Machine to LaCie 1big Dock, or if your computer is not running macOS 10.13 or later.|
|Use exFAT if:|
|…you need to allow both Mac and Windows computers to read and write to the storage device.|
Use the steps below to manually format and partition a storage device.
|macOS starting version 10.13—Make sure to select the storage device and not just the volume. If you don’t see two entries listed in the sidebar, change the view in disk utility to show both the drive and the volume. The view button is in the upper left side of the Disk Utility window. Change the view to Show All Devices. This feature was introduced in macOS 10.13 and is not available in 10.11 or 10.12.|