When dealing with files and upgrades most users really find it hard to understand as most of the terms appear to be complex. Besides, users are only interested in understanding how effective each upgrade will be and how it’s going to make their digital experience better. There have been numerous questions regarding the macOS High Sierra. Recently, High Sierra introduced a new file system. This new system is called the Apple File System (APFS).
This system comes as an upgrade with promising new features. It also stands to replace the previous system called the HFS+. Yes, there are cool advantages that come along with it. First, we know it’s modern and it operates at a higher speed when compared to the old one. This system is also far more reliable when relating to its performance. We are not going to make the decision for you but I guess by the time you finish reading you will already have a choice to make.
Nonetheless, there is a high chance that your external hard drives and thumb drives were formatted with the old system. This brings to mind the question of how convenient will it be if you already have your system formatted by macOS. Can High Sierra work alongside with it? We know that High Sierra automatically converts startup SSDs to APFs and more reasons why users want to know how these all systems will work together. Certainly, users want to have the latest upgrade and give their device the chance to function at its best.
To dive right into answering that burning question that has users worried. The answer is yes they can work together. Apple does not need you to make changes to system files format on external drives. It does not matter if it’s attached at startup or temporarily plugged in. You need not worry because disk utility in High Sierra can help you in this transition. However, you may not want to do this with any drive that you intend to use with a Mac not running High Sierra.
In a general view we are certain that at some point in the future when there will no longer be any need for backward compatibility, Apple will definitely totally remove the HFS+. But at the moment it’s still operational and the good thing is the tools to upgrade are available. When talking about compatibility, as mentioned above, you can simply enlist the help of the disk utility if, at any point, you require it.