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Extended File Allocation Table, a proprietary file system originally designed for flash drives by Microsoft

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Copying Windows files from exFAT to HFS+

I have an archive (roughly 1TB) of Windows & DOS files: essentially installation files from a lot of software and then a lot of personal documents (doc, pdf, excel, etc) that I had stored for a ...
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Deleted files on external drive (exFAT) don't go to Trash

I have a Samsung T7 SSD formatted in exFAT as additional storage for my M1 Mac Mini (currently on Monterey), it's basically where I store all files that are not applications. Recently I discovered ...
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How do I create a 1GB FAT32 partition from my Mac HDD?

I'm trying to create a small FAT32 partition which I can use to transfer files between my Macintosh HD partition and the Windows Bootcamp partition on my Mac. I'm using Big Sur. I've gone to Disk ...
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Why is exFAT so slow on Mac? (reloaded)

I have read questions here about exFat and its performance on the Mac. I think I can refute the previous answers and am therefore still looking for an answer or solution. But from the beginning: My ...
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Formatting a USB Drive for use on Windows with FAT/exFat

I would like to use my USB stick to transfer files to a Windows machine. Apple documentation says to use FAT or exFAT. However, the Disk Utility only offers APFS variants. (See screenshot.) How do I ...
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How to change permissions on ExFAT filesystem?

I'm aware that ExFAT has no support for permissions and ownership and that I may have change the mount options to change the permissions, but I'm not sure how to do this. I just want to change the ...
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Can ExFat files saved in dup mode be opened and readable on a mac running Mojave 10.14.6?

I have a hard drive I am using in a 7 writer DVD duplicating machine. I upload DVD's to the hard drive and then print new copies of the DVD's on the blank DVD's in the 7 writers directly from the HDD. ...
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Script to mount exfat drive

hope you are doing great. I´m using a Macbook pro 2019 with Big Sur and I have all my photos and videos in a external drive formatted in ExFat. Each time I have to mount the disk I need to run this ...
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ExFAT thumb drive not recognized in Mac OS Big Sur

I'm using my first Mac ever, a recently acquired Macbook Air with the M1 chip. It has the latest version of Big Sur (11.3 (20E232)). I was having issues with my existing thumb drives, most of them ...
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Can't see video files on memory card

I have an Extreme PRO 64GB SanDisk memory card for my Canon camera. In macOS I can view the pictures I took, but not the videos. They just don't show up in the Finder window but I can watch them on ...
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Copying greyed out files between drives

I am trying to copy data from an external NTFS drive to an exFAT drive. However, some files are greyed out and give me this error when I try to copy them: One or more items in “IMGP0029.AVI” can’t be ...
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What filesystem to use for a 10 TB drive connected to router with DD-WRT and Mac?

I am going to connect a hard drive to my router and let the router share the drive through SMB. The purpose is to backup my computers using Time Machine. I realise that if I ever need to restore a ...
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Folder name containing ".." on ExFAT: How to rename it? Invisible to ls/mv/Finder but visible to tar/bash

On an ExFAT disk, I have a folder that makes tar fail: $ ls -a . .. paysages scenes de rue $ tar cf /tmp/f.tar . tar: ./fruits, legumes,..: Cannot stat: No such file or directory tar:...
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Is there any advantage to different file systems on microSD?

I have a two new microSD cards and I'm going to use them for overflow storage and Timemachine using macOS Catalina. They have exFAT now. Q. Is there any advantage to formatting them in any other ...
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Are cheap 2.5" external hard disks constrained to Exfat and incompatible with Time Machine? Is this a physical limitation / hardware issue?

I bought two 2TB 2.5" external HDDs that came with the following warning message in a Readme file contained in the drives. "The drive can only be formatted with Exfat and cannot be formatted in other ...
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Where did the free space for my deleted ExFAT partition go? [duplicate]

I had these partitions on an external hard drive: /dev/disk2 (external, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme ...
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Recover deleted exFAT partition

I wanted to use my hard drive on Xiaomi TV, and wanted to try format out an ext4 partition. I shrunk the HFS+ partition (disk3s2) using Disk Utility, then erased the new partition (disk3s3) as ext4. ...
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Is there a way in MacOS to view filesystem details, including cluster size, for an already created exFAT partition?

I am interested in viewing the existing cluster size (aka allocation unit) and other FS details for an already created exFAT partition. My attempts in searching, including here, have only led to ...
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repair EXFAT external disk

My photos disk seems to have issues. Osx cannot mount it again. Also, the first aid utility is not successful dev/disk2 (external, physical): #: TYPE NAME ...
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Macbook Pro with Bootcamp and shared partition?

I just got a Macbook and want to install Bootcamp to have access to some Windows only VST plugins. I want to use both platforms to continue making music. As I have tons of GB of audio project files I ...
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How to Format exFAT on Mac with custom block size (Read only problem!)

I'm trying to format a CF card on Mac Osx 10.14.4 to exFAT with a specific block size of 4MB, with this terminal command: sudo newfs_exfat -b 4194304 -v exFAT /dev/disk3s1 It appears to have worked… ...
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External volume (WB elements 2TB) does not mount on mac (exFat)

I have an WD Elements 2TB external harddrive which is unable to mount on my Mac. It is formatted exFat and is half full. When I go into disk utility it is greyed out. Clicking the mount button ...
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Disk encryption format for external drives that works on both macos and linux

Is there any disk encryption scheme or format that can be used on both macos and linux? Linux cannot read Apple's drive encryption format, and LUKS is not supported on MacOS. I tried using VeraCrypt ...
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Why my Mac Mini doesn't boot with external HDD attached?

Ext HDD is 3,5" 4TB WD RED (exFAT) in USB 2.0 box with external power supply (220v) When I restart my Mac Mini (late 2012, MacOS 10.14) in 90% the boot will end on black screen (no apple loading logo,...
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ExFAT does not support resizing - how can I partition it in order to use TimeMachine backup?

I have a 4TB external drive formatted as ExFAT file system with single partition, and I've already stored approximately about 800GB of files on it, and I decided to create a partition on this drive to ...
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Using hard disk after a S.M.A.R.T. error

Good day everyone. I had an hard drive and start giving a S.M.A.R.T error and I've immediately replaced it. Now if I try to format it in exFAT, all goes right, (also checkdisk). Here is the result ...
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How to create exFAT or NTFS RAID 1

I am looking for a way to create a RAID 1 Volume from macOS Sierra with a format that will be readable from both Mac and Linux. Using DiskUtility I can not seem to find a way to format the RAID in ...
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Accidentally formatted an exFAT partition to OS X journaled and lost data

I accidentally formatted an exFAT partition to OS X journaled on MacBook Pro and lost data, how to recover?
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Migrating HDD's from one File System to another

I have been using Mac for many years and I have just recently switched to a Windows 10 based workstation. I have 14 HDDs (with physical backup drives =28 drives) which were all formatted in OSX ...
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Why USB stick formatted with exFAT on Windows is not mounting on Mac OS High Sierra?

I got a 64GB USB Stick formatted as exFAT from Windows containing a lot of files. The stick mounts without any problems on a Windows 10 system. My MacBook Pro running MacOS 10.13.2 cannot mount it. ...
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4TB Seagate external drive not mounting in OS X El Capitan

I have a Seagate Backup Plus 4TB external hard drive that I had previously been using with this computer. I recently reformatted this drive as exFAT in order to use it to backup files from my MacBook ...
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reformat a GPT external HDD to MBR/exFAT

I am currently looking for a solution (if it exists) to change my external 4 TB SATA HD from a GUID Partition Table to an MBR with an exFAT volume. I did not see an already answered solution but if ...
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macOS: Can't mount exFAT External Drive

I have a Western Digital MyBook (25EE) 8TB External Drive. It is formatted with exFAT. I can't recall exactly how it was formatted, but I believe it was done with Synology's DiskStation for my ...
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Does it make sense to format an external HDD as APFS?

I’m currently on macOS Sierra and will upgrade to macOS High Sierra as soon as it comes out, which means my machine will be using APFS. I also have an external HDD (not SSD) that has quite a few ...
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How to recover a corrupted external exFAT hard drive

This is a 3 TB external Seagate hard drive formatted in Mac's Disk Utility as a single non bootable exFAT partition. It got unplugged from the computer and now the computer is unable to read it. sudo ...
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SD card left with barely any space after formatting it to ExFAT

I'm currently trying to jailbreak my Wii with an SD card and am using a MacBook Pro (El Capitan) to format the card to ExFat. The card is 32 gigs, but is reduced down to a mere 30 MBs after formatting ...
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How to put Desktop on External Drive/Non-System Partition?

Is it possible to get something like a symbolic link/alias to direct to another folder on an external hard drive and still have the files display on the desktop? I used: sudo rm -rf ~/Desktop sudo ...
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Accidentally formatted an OS X Journaled disk to one exFAT partition

I was stupidly doing things too fast and accidentally formatted my WD 1TB drive instead of a thumb drive. The drive was originally OS X Extended journaled encrypted and the operation attempted to ...
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ExFat HDD changed to NTFS after power interrupt

I installed on my iMac with Sierra the Paragon NTFS tool. I copied some files from NTFS to the ExFat partition and then suddenly the mac was hanging and rebooting. I was sure it wasn't good for the ...
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Delay mounting Backup Plus drive after being improperly ejected

I have a 1TB backup plus drive (Seagate) formatted using ExFAT, to be able to use it on Mac OS. I'm using an Early 2015 Macbook Pro Retina (13"), running OS X El Capitan 10.11.6. From when I first ...
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Finder/Disk Utility not showing exFat formatted internal volume

I am using OS El Capitan 10.11.6 . I have formatted a partition (D - 90.1 GB) of the internal/builtin SSD SM0256G of my MacBook Pro with exFat, and copied some data onto it. It was working good, but ...
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Format USB for Samsung TV

What's the simplest way to format a USB stick and write some video files to it in order for the Samsung TV to read it? As far as I know Samsung TVs support the FAT format (or maybe ExFAT too), but if ...
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Disable the disk check when reconnecting an improperly disconnected disk to OS X

If you disconnect a removable drive without ejecting it first, the next time you connect it, Windows or Mac run an fsck check on the disk to ensure data integrity. Windows will ask if you want to ...
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Is there any way (software) to defrag NTFS on Mac?

I have a lot of external hard disk drives, mainly formatted in NTFS since I have both Windows and Mac. I know iDefrag, but it only works with HFS hard drives and I was wondering if there are any ...
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How to encrypt exFAT on external drive?

I have a lot of data on my external drive. The file system is the exFAT. I believe it is not possible to encrypt that filesystem with FileVault. Do you know how (tool maybe) to encrypt exFAT on an ...
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How to format multiple exFAT partitions on USB drive?

I'm following the instructions in Creating a bootable Clonezilla dual partition USB device but using my Mac laptop running El-Capitan. I managed to create an MBR partition table and two partitions on ...
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Reformat exFat with specific Device Block Size and Cluster Size

I have an 512 GB SSD on my MacBook Retina with one of the volumes disks0s6 formatted with exFat to use it on both Mac and Windows. diskutil info disk0s6: Device Identifier: disk0s6 ...
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MacBook Pro can't mount an exFAT external hard drive when having too many files

I need to share files between Windows and Mac, so I chose exFAT as the file system for my external hard drive. But soon I found a serious problem, when I put too many files (like 5M) in the hard ...
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How to move files to pendrive (NTFS/FAT)?

I'm using Macbook (Yosemite) as my main computer right now, I'm downloading a lot of movies and whatnot from the internet on my Mac and I want to move them to my pendrive so I will be able to watch ...
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Software to duplicate external hard drive formatted ExFAT

I have an external hard drive with a 2.9TB ExFAT partition that I keep my photos and other media on. (ExFAT so that I can also see and edit my media on Windows computers.) I just bought a second hard ...
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