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Is it possible to create and format an exFAT partition from Linux?

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Yes, there is a project implementing exfat and the related utilities at

To format a partition, use mkexfatfs / mkfs.exfat like with most filesystems, e.g.:

mkfs.exfat /dev/sdX1

As for creating the partition in the first place, this is the same as for any other filesystem. Create a partition in your favourite partition manager. If you have a MBR partition type, set its type to NTFS (that is code 7h).

Note, that some distributions only package the fuse module, so you may have to build it yourself.

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On Ubuntu I just had to install a couple packages first: sudo apt-get install exfat-utils exfat-fuse. Source: – bmaupin Aug 28 at 18:21

I found a guide, esp. for ubuntu un doing that:

But, I've never tested that and I don't kow how to port that on other Linux distributions.

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