Tested: ExFAT and macOS Disk Utility Part 2

Continued from Tested: ExFAT and macOS Disk Utility Part 1

Debian Jessie and Fedora 25 Workstation absolutely had no issues accessing the macOS exFAT formatted hard drive. As expected, data transfers using a USB 3.x connection didn't have any drop in file transfer throughput and was surprisingly speedy. In contrast, data transfers on an ext4 formatted drive can regress considerably to USB 1- USB 2.x speeds.

Note: For this article, the exFAT formatted drive has the drive name macbck.

Windows 10 on the Surface Pro 4 and macOS on the Macbook Air demonstrated excellent unmounting and mounting support, on top of quick USB 3.x transfers.

I connected the hard drive to an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 running FireOS 6.x using a PowerSync USB On-the-Go adapter. Unfortunately, FireOS detected the external drive, but wasn't able to provide an overview of the storage in Settings. Moreover, File Commander for Android from Amazon Underground was able to list the storage directory but couldn't display its contents.

The Android 7.0-powered Moto G4 Plus detected the exFAT storage but didn't support file access without formatting first. 

Note: Both the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 and Moto G4 Plus can support upwards of exFAT 64 GB micro SD cards however.


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