Anyway to get exFat working on Leopard?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Jamiet361, May 6, 2014.

  1. Jamiet361, May 6, 2014
    Last edited: May 6, 2014

    Jamiet361 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Leeds, UK
    Hey guys.

    I have an external HDD formatted as exFat that doesn't seem to work on my PowerBook G4. I know that I could always reformat it to FAT32, but the file size limitations of that format are less than ideal.

    As I need to use the disk with Windows and OS X, is there anyway to force exFat reading/writing on 10.5.8?

    Thanks :cool:
  2. tampasteve macrumors 6502

    There certainly may be another way around it.....but it is not supported. IIRC exFAT is only supported on XP and newer PCs and 10.6 and newer Macs.
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Why not format it NTFS and use MacFuse and NTFS-3G on the Mac?

    Even without those two, OS X at it's basic allows reading an NTFS drive.
  4. jackskomputers macrumors newbie


    Dec 22, 2016
    Western Australia, Australia
    I'm having the same problem, but i came along this program called fuse: . It saids something about third party file systems. Try it out and tell me what you think
  5. skinniezinho macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2009
    Anyone found a solution for exfat using 10.4 ou 10.5 on powerpc?
  6. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    See the post above yours. That is all that exists.
  7. bobesch macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2015
    Kiel, Germany
    Maybe VirtualPC7 with WinXPFundamentals may be a workaround...
  8. atonaldenim, Jul 6, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2018

    atonaldenim macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2018
    For any PPC users out there, I posted a guide for enabling ExFAT support on Leopard and Tiger using Fuse for macOS, fuse-exfat, and Homebrew (Tigerbrew). Fuse requires command-line mounting/unmounting so it's not a perfect "just works" solution, but it's the best we got! Following these steps was pretty smooth on my Leopard Powerbook G4 2004.
  9. eyoungren, Jul 6, 2018
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2018

    eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    That last bit would be fairly easy to automate. :)

    Applescript using do shellscript commands. Pair that off with Do Something When and you could automate the mount and dismount when connecting/disconnecting the drive.

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