Which one between APFS and Mac OS Extended (Journaled) works better as partition store type for an external HDD (Magnetic Storage) that will be accessed over USB from macOS only?

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APFS is known to not perform well on spinning disk drives (non SSDs).

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    Does that mean Mac OS Extended (Journaled) performs better than APFS for spinning disk drives? Aug 8, 2020 at 17:43
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    Yes, that is the other alternative that most people would use.
    – TJ Luoma
    Aug 8, 2020 at 18:33

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