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Old March 27th, 2009, 06:35 PM   #1
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Journaled (external) Scratch Disks

Been seeing a lot of comments about not journaling external scratch disks, but no one ever states why. From what I've read, journaling helps in the event of failure like a of power loss, which seems more likely for an external hard drive. Is it that the journaling slows down performance or is it something else that no one is stating?

I have six external enclosures all probably journaled used as scratch disks and back-up.
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Old March 27th, 2009, 09:05 PM   #2
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Years ago when Mac OSX introduced journaling there were some issues with stability and OS overhead causing hangs; that's a thing of the past. Today there's no reason not to use journaling and that's the default OSX configuration. It absolutely *will* and does help rebuilding corrupted directories, just ask the guys at Alsoft who make DiskWarrior.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 03:36 AM   #3
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Wholeheartedly agree. The "don't journal media drives" advice is outdated.
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Old March 28th, 2009, 09:09 PM   #4
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Thanks...

for the clarification. It's so commonly stated that it's probably passed on without even knowing why or why not.
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