Adobe Photoshop is a staple application for the vast majority of graphics professionals in the industry. For those with new Intel based Apple Macs, their only option was to run version CS2 using Rosetta, which is essentially using software emulation for x86 architecture compatibility. This of course imposed a performance hit. With Adobe not converting CS2 to a Univeral Binary which would provide hardware level compatibility, Photoshop users using Intel based Macs were stuck.
I decided to buy an external hard drive enclosure for the purpose of backing up and storing additional data on my Macbook. At a local computer store, I looked at my options knowing that I wanted a Firewire based external IDE hard drive enclosure. Based on price and availability, I picked up an Ultra 3.5″external hard drive enclosure with USB2.0 and Firewire 400 interface connectivity.
I installed a Western Digital 160GB (WD1600JB) with 8MB cache in the enclosure (using the Prolific 3507 chipset) and it worked flawlessly. I just had to setup the file system on the drive, and it got me thinking. I’d always use NTFS for my desktop computer and it’s a Windows XP machine, but I didn’t know much about the file system performance for the options available in OSX.