Can Sierra OS support Fat32 SD cards?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by senseless, Oct 29, 2016.

  1. senseless macrumors 68000

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    I'm buying a dashcam and have read that the Mac is not compatible with the Fat32 format for higher capacity SD cards that are 64GB and up. Is this still true in the latest OS Sierra?
     
  2. Floris macrumors 68020

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    Fat32 and over 64gb sdcards?
    How is that even possible?
    I know I haven't really looked at things, maybe it's different for sd cards, but fat32 is limited to 32gb cards, right?
     
  3. senseless thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Maybe I phrased that wrong by saying Fat32. Anyway, SD cards created with PCs that are greater than 32gb have not been Mac readable in the past. However, SD cards created with the Mac disc utility using MS Dos Fat will work for both, so that's the workaround. I was wondering if Sierra eliminated the need to do this.
     
  4. FNH15 macrumors regular

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    What about exFat? It should support filesystems larger than 32GB, no?
     
  5. PerfectGreg macrumors newbie

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    SDXC card (> 32 GB), comes formatted in exFat, and are supported in macOS since last version of Snow Leopard (10.6.8). I've no trouble to import pictures and movies from my 64 GB and 128 GB cards (both SDXC and microSDXC), used by my Hybrid and my GoPro
     
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  7. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Not really a SD card issue at all, but a formatting issue. The article doesn't state what format "Some" larger cards are using so as to whether the work-around is still needed in Sierra? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ probably. macOS will read & write FAT32 (limited by design to 32GB) and exFAT. It will read (but not write) NTFS. There are 3rd party utilities (e.g. Paragon, Tuxera) to enable NTFS write, might also help with whatever format they're talking about.
     
  8. rojh macrumors newbie

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    Well, now i dont know. I recently formatted by Usb on windows at my work. And it cant be read by Sierra at my studio. its says, it was not readable by this OS. 32gb USB 3.0.
     

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