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ExFat, how to activate support on Linux


You have probably already heard of ExFat, the Microsoft file system introduced in 2006. Extended File Allocation Table, or even FAT64 is intended to overcome the limitations of FAT32. No annoying file size limit, which is 4Gb for FAT32. In a world where 4k video is becoming the standard, a few minutes of video abundantly exceed 4Gb. Many remember the recordings with cameras that fragmented the videos because of this limitation of the file system.

ExFat is designed for flash memory, therefore external HD, SSD, pendrive, SD card derive numerous advantages with adoption of this new standard. The support is almost universal, all the most popular operating systems support reading and writing. If you need to use storage media on different operating systems such as exchanging files between Mac and PC, the ExFat format is the best choice unlike NTFS which has full support only on Windows.

Exfat on ubuntu 18.4 lts

I noticed that support on some Linux distributions is implemented partially (read-only) or completely absent. In more recent distros, the kernel incorporates the code for managing the new file system. On Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or the version with extended support widely used in the workplace, there is no extension for the management of Exfat, manual installation is required. The procedure is very simple, just open the terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse
sudo apt-get install exfat-utils

After the restart, full support for ExFat for reading, writing and formatting will be active. You can check it out by starting the “Disks” application.