Monday, September 30, 2013

Quick Note on How to enable ExFAT partition support in Ubuntu.

I recently had to reformat my USB 3 drive to ExFAT for accessing it properly on Mac for Backup. Everything was fine as long as I used it on Mac and Windows.  Once I have lost access to Mac and shifted to my favorite Ubuntu machine I was surprised by having similar issue that I had on Mac but with ExFAT this time. After searching a bit I found that ExFAT partition type isn't supported out-of-box. To enable this one need to add the support separately.

Here is what is needed to enable ExFAT support.

$sudo -s
$apt-add-repository ppa:relan/exfat
$apt-get update
$apt-get install fuse-exfat

This will install the ExFat support and the drive got mounted automatically.

In case you want to mount the drive manually you can do something like:

mount -t exfat /dev/sdb1 /media/exfatdir

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