exFAT on Linux
June 2010
Lab Overview

This lab explores various scenarios on how to install the Tuxera exFAT driver on a Linux machine and access exFAT file systems.
The maximum file size that is supported on a FAT32 formatted drive is around 4 GB. The availability of cheap memory combined with DVD and high resolution DVD formats has necessitated in a demand for a next generation file system which can handle large files.
The exFAT file system is a new file system format that addresses these needs. The exFAT file system handles large files, such as those used for media storage, and it enables seamless interoperability between desktop computers and devices such as portable media devices. In this lab scenario, the Tuxera exFAT driver for Linux enables you to access and perform exFAT file system operations on a Linux machine.

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The Tuxera exFAT system driver for Linux allows you to share any type of file including large files of memory sizes greater than 4 GB, and any number of files between a Windows machine and a Linux machine. The exFAT file system allows you to handle file sizes greater than 4 GB and also handle directories containing more than 1000 files. This driver is useful if you want to copy a video file having a file size greater than 4 GB since the existing FAT 32 file system does not support large file sizes greater than 4 GB.
You can also use this driver if you need to copy a directory containing more than 1000 files. The exFAT file system also allows you to handle volume sizes of greater than 32 GB. You can now use USB drives having memory sizes greater 32 GB to transfer data between a Windows machine and a Linux machine.
Once the Tuxera exFAT system driver is installed in any Linux machine, you have to mount the exFAT file system formatted USB drive in the Linux machine.  You can now access the USB drive and perform any operation.
This lab scenario shows how to copy a collection of photos from a Windows 7 machine to a Linux machine using the exFAT file system. In this lab scenario, we show how a USB drive having a memory size of 8 GB and formatted with exFAT file system in Windows 7 is used to transfer data between a Windows 7 and a Linux machine. The prerequisite step in this lab scenario is to format the 8 GB USB drive using the exFAT file system in Windows 7 and copy a few photos into the USB drive. Then the USB drive is connected to the Linux machine so that we can perform operations on it.

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