Best Hard Drive Format For OSMC?

I’ve installed OSMC on a USB flash drive and I’d like to use my 500 gigabyte hard drive for media storage, which I’ll be connecting via IDE.
What would be the best format for my hard drive? FAT32? ExFAT? HFS+?

By the way, my computer is a Mac, so NTFS and EXT3 are not options for me.

I don’t own a Mac but i think this software would be worth 20$(originally 40$)

and run your drives as ext4

With that, would I still be able to plug the drive into my Mac and copy the media files directly instead of through SSH? I ask because my Apple TV is on a different subnet than my Mac.

Auto-mounting of Ext2 / Ext3 / Ext4 volumes according to that page, so i would understand that as plug and go.

Okay, cool.


System requirements

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite or 10.11 El Capitan
RAM: 256 MB
CPU: Intel based only

Okay. I’m all set. My Mac is running El Capitan and it has 8 gigabytes of RAM.

I installed EXTFS-Mac and used it to format the hard drive. I’m currently copying media over to the hard drive.

I ended up having to buy a new drive. It’s from a company called mediamax, which sells drives from other vendors which have either been returned or refurbished. It turns out this drive was actually made by Wester Digital. It’s a 500 gigabyte 5400 RPM SATA hard drive with an 8 megabyte cache.

I formatted it as Ext3 first and later as Ext4, but I’m getting the same problem, which is that the Finder is reporting the drive as being 62.46 gigabytes.

How do I fix this?

Is the only solution a different format? If so, which format would be best?

When you format it, do you use your pi? if not i would try to partition and format it with the pi.

here’s a little HowTo

If that works there might be something with the software from paragon and i would try their support. As I said before i’m not a mac user but a user of paragon extfs for windows, which works good.

I plugged the drive after formatting it and copying over some movies, and my Apple TV got a kernel panic. By the way, I’m not using a Raspberry Pi. My HTPC is a first generation Apple TV.

Sorry my bad thinking the world uses pi just because i do :slight_smile: Well, now i’m on deep water since i have no experience with ATV. But i do believe you can format the drive via ssh on the ATV too.


I plugged the drive in along with the flash drive which I’m using as a boot drive, and the Apple TV merely displayed a picture of an Apple TV with a white arrow flashing over it.

Maybe @sam_nazarko could help but i’m out of my league


exFAT is fine if you’re using it in a PC too

If you’re using it to boot as well, you have to use ext4, and OSMC will partition it automatically when you run the installer.

I ended up just installing OSMC on the hard drive.