I formatted an external hard disk on my ubuntu linux system with exfat.
- First I installed the exfat utilities:
sudo apt-get install parted exfat-utils
- Then I partitioned the disk with a mbr boot record and one primary partition using
- Finally I formatted the partition with
mkfs.exfat -n ShareDisk /dev/sdX1
Then I copied about 300 GB of data onto the disk. Everything worked fine on my linux machine - so far so uneventful.
However, when I plug the disk into my Mac, it says it cannot handle that file system and proposes to initialize or eject it. Now I explicitly chose exfat so the disk would work with any operating system and I have been successfully using exfat formatted disks on my Mac before.