The exFAT is a file system, as well as FAT16, FAT32, or the NTFS. The "Extended File Allocation Table" exFAT was developed especially for flash memory.
but is only supported under Windows CE, Vista (SP1), Windows 10, 8, 7, Server 2008-2016. Meanwhile, there should also be support under Linux.
But it should also give benefits by exFAT, which I could not recognize, however. I advise the private users therefore to keep their hands off.
One should also stay with the USB stick with FAT16 / FAT32. FAT16 / FAT32 are more advantageous here, as a higher compatibility with other systems is guaranteed.
However, with Windows (2000, XP, VISTA, 7, ...) with FAT32 only a maximum size of 32 GB can be created. This restriction can be handled eg with "Parted Magic".
... format FAT32 over 32 gigabytes?
Danger: These actions already require the knowledge of an advanced user.
Should I use exFAT on Windows?
Everyone has ever had an unformatted USB flash drive, SD cards, external or internal hard drive and before formatting any of the above devices the Windows operating system always asked the file system in which you want to format your device: FAT32, NTFS or ExFAT?
Of course, most users do not know the difference between them and usually choose the option that is installed by default. Because Windows does not explain this question to the differences between them.o work with Linux you need to install additional software. This file system supports much more devices than NTFS, but some (mostly older versions) can still only work with FAT32.
As in the case of NTFS, there are no realistic limitations on file size or partition in the exFAT system.
Application of exFAT
This file system is great for use on various removable media that can exceed 4GB in size (external hard drives, large volume flash drives). If all the devices you work with are up to date, you can completely delete FAT32 on removable drives in favor of exFAT.
To summarize: NTFS is great for a Windows system disk, exFAT is better for use on removable media, and FAT32 should only be used if you want to be as compatible as possible with the variety of your devices.
FAQ 6: Updated on: 28 August 2023 17:44