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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Adding exFAT support for Linux

I recently stumbled across a need to store > 4GB files on my 32GB microSD card.  It naturally came formatted in FAT32 and I needed to keep compatibility with a device that requires FAT32 or exFAT format types.

exFAT does support file sizes > 4GB, so I needed to reformat the card, but I noticed that Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE) or Debian, doesn't support exFAT natively out-of-the-box.

To gain support, install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Then, to format your microSD card (or other device):

sudo mkfs.exfat /dev/mmcblk0p1

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