My Buffalo HD-LX2TU3 comes with NTFS pre-formatted. Because I have Linux and Windows PC, and maybe a OSX later, I decide to use ext4 to minimize invalid characters in filenames. : ” \ / * ? < > | are not allowed in Windows NTFS but only / in ext4 and : in OSX.
Access ext4 on Mac OS X
According to How to make OS-X recognize ext4 file systems in Apple Support Community, there are commercial Paragon ExtFS for Mac OS X 9 and open source Fuse4X which has been merged to FUSE for OS X after 2013 December.
How can I mount an ext4 file system on OS X? on Ask Different provides an interested alternative solution: mount ext4 with Linux in VirtualBox then shared by Samba or FTP. But again, you will need to handle invalid characters in filenames with Samba. It also recommend fuse-ext2 which support ext2 and ext3 only.
Access ext4 on Windows
- Alper Akcan : ~/projects/fuse-ext2
- Apple: OS X
- Apple Support Communities: How to make OS-X recognize ext4 file systems
- Ask Different: How can I mount an ext4 file system on OS X?
- Buffalo HD-LX2TU3
- FUSE for OS X
- Lenovo C440
- Oracle VM VirtualBox
- Paragon: ExtFS for Mac OS X 9
- Paragon: Paragon ExtFS for Windows 2.73
- Wiki: ext2
- Wiki: ext3
- Wiki: ext4
- Wiki: File Transfer Protocol