Will my FAT32 and NTFS USB and hard disks work in Linux ? I mean can windows compatible file systems USB and hard disks work in Linux?

[EDIT] By work I mean - like I have a NTFS hard disk so can I access it's file and cut, copy , paste, rename amd create new files in hard disk in Linux ?

  • what do you mean by work?
    – jsotola
    Apr 25, 2020 at 21:03
  • @jsotola see the edited question now ⬆️
    – Pragyan
    Apr 25, 2020 at 21:58
  • linux uses ntfs-3g for r/w a long time now, so no problems with dual-boot (only windows still can't read ext4 partitions)
    – alecxs
    May 6, 2020 at 17:55
  • @alecxs my laptop memory is less so I can't use dual boot properly...
    – Pragyan
    May 6, 2020 at 21:36

1 Answer 1


Yes, NTFS and FAT32 are supported as read-write in Linux Mint XFCE.

But it is suggested to transfer from NTFS to exFAT because

  • exFAT has more supported devices than NTFS like XBox,etc.
  • If you want to connect to Mac then NTFS opens as read-only in mac but exFAT opens as read-write mode.


ext2,ext3,ext4,NTFS,VFAT,FAT32,exFAT and many more.

BUT you would notice that when you connect exFAT Drives then Linux gives error messages. So to enable exFAT support read below.

Enabling exFAT support in Linux

Open terminal and type below line and HIT ENTER

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Now when you connect exFAT USB or Disk it will open easily.

However Windows only support NTFS,FAT32 and exFAT (listed file systems are the majorly used ones).

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