Will Mavericks support ExFAT?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by MacNoobGuy, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    hey guys, i just wanted to know if OSX Mavericks will support ExFAT or not. i'm about to change all of my hard drives to ExFAT from NTFS and i wanted to know if Mavericks will support ExFAT or not?

    i used google but nothing came up...

    thanks!
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    So.. why? ExFAT really isn't designed for normal disks and is optimized for flash drives (i.e. SDHC). I assume this is for drive sharing between Windows and OSX but honestly NTFS is way more robust than ExFAT.

    ExFAT was already supported in ML so I have no reason to believe it won't be supported in Mavericks. Don't have an external drive handy to see what disk utility can do.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT

    Also, according to this post:

    http://prateekvjoshi.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/ntfs-write-support-on-os-x-mountain-lion/

    ML had "hidden" support for writing to NTFS anyways. I have not tried this as I don't have an external drive that I am about to format NTFS. I may however try to find a drive at work and see if 10.9 has better support for NTFS. I'm a little curious now.
     
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    Dalton63841

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    Disk Utility has the option to format as exFAT in Mavericks.
     
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    w0lf

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    I don't believe it can be installed on exFAT but it can read and write to exFAT just fine. I use a 250gb hard drive as an iTunes/Steam/Documents share between Win8 and Mavericks.
     
  5. macrumors 601

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    exFAT has been supported in OS X since Snow Leopard...
     
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    Mac OS X 10.6.5 was the first version which supported exFAT read/write operations. On the Windows platform, MS provides drivers for Windows XP and newer (newer versions (7+?) have already the drivers).
     
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    well yeah i just want to use ExFAT for external drives and wipe my current NTFS drives.

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    i know, but i thought they might drop support for it.
     
  8. macrumors member

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    Well I can confirm ExFat works fine on Mavericks. Can't imagine why they would drop support either.
     
  9. macrumors G4

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    Like hakuryuu, I am confused why you want to sacrifice the proven reliability of NTFS in favor of exFAT. exFAT is not going to be any more reliable just because you use it on an external drive.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    Maybe because you can't write to NTFS in Mac?
     
  11. macrumors G4

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    Speak for yourself. I write to NTFS with no problems. I use my Mac to format removable drives as NTFS with no problems.
     
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    itickings

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    Not without third-party software, you don't.
     
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    exFAT has been around long enough that I'm sure we would've heard of any reliability issues with it.
     
  14. macrumors G4

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    How on Earth is that relevant?
     
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  17. macrumors 68040

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    Did you miss the other posts? It has been supported since Snow Leopard, 10.6.5, so yes, it will be supported in Mavericks.
     
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    itickings

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    Because a reasonable interpretation of the post you replied to would be "Write without requiring third-party solutions" rather than "There is no way a Mac ever could write NTFS". Hence the clarification.

    Additionally, MikhailT makes a relevant point.
     
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    Unless apple specifically removed support of this file system in Mavericks, yes it does. Based on the prior posts other members already confirmed this for you.
     
  20. macrumors G4

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    No, that is not a reasonable interpretation. By the same logic that outie2k asserted that Macs can't write NTFS, he can also assert that Macs cannot read Photoshop files.
     
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    itickings

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    Since the question starting this thread was whether or not Mavericks will support ExFat, it is very easy to assume that we are talking about what Mavericks (or at least OSX) supports. I therefore pointed out that third-party software was required for NTFS since it would be very easy to get the wrong impression reading the thread, ergo very relevant.

    This is obviously going nowhere pretty fast, so I'm leaving this discussion. I mean, your contrived Photoshop-example isn't even making sense (or for that matter clashing with my reasonable interpretation if it did), so... :p

    Feel free to reply and have the last word, I'm unsubscribing.
     
  22. macrumors 68040

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    There are lots of reliability issues, especially when shared with other devices like cameras. It really is intended for memory cards and so on, not entire disks.
     
  23. macrumors 68020

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    Why would they do that when they need to support SDXC?
     
  24. macrumors newbie

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    TO ANSWER THE THREAD QUESTION.

    I use exFAT daily on all USB drives and external USBs I own. No issues at all running Mavericks DP1 and since there is little to no reason to depreciate support, I am going to take a calculated guess and say this will not be removed for a long while - think 5 to 10 years minimum.
     

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