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    I am wondering if this has anything similar to do with SD Card slot on the Xoom not being supported at all when it was first released and now I understand that with the 3.2 release of Android it is supported it seems. So it is probably Google's fault that we do not know what has changed between versions.
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    Very cool to know Fred.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I may be getting another microSD card in the near future...so this is great FYI ahead of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frederuco View Post
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    Now with this update, the slot in the tablet now supports NTFS according to my tests.
    Thanx for the info. I still hope the TF (Android) would support Ext4/Ext3 (even just read-only.) The HDDs in my NAS are all ExtX formatted. If the TF support ExtX, I wouldn't need another computer to do fast transfers (via usb.) It kinda bugs me that most of the media players (Popcorn, Xtreamer, WDTV, etc.) support Ext2/Ext3 via USB but Android does not.

    The lack of extX support is only thing that makes me thinking about rooting.

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    I formatted an 8 GB Adata microSD card as NTFS using my Win 7 PC. Then put a small text file on it at the root level. I put it in my TF's card slot (stock with latest firmware). File Manager HD saw the card (it showed up as "MicroSD in the "Removable" Folder. But when I clicked on MicroSD it said "directory is empty". It did not see the .txt file. So I put the card back in the PC, created a folder at the root level, and moved the .txt file into the folder. This time the TF could see and read the .txt file in the folder.

    I suspect the lack of seeing the file at the root level may have been a fluke (or user error), but maybe the TF can't see files at the root level under NTFS?? In any event, Frederuco's discovery looks to be confirmed - the TF can now read NTFS in the microSD slot.

    I'll try again later using a movie file >4G and see what happens.

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    I have a .docx file in the root of my microSD card. It could be that a .txt file in the root is thought to be a system file and gets hidden by default.

    You, sir, have intrigued me. I will now have to investigate this.
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    I placed a >4GB .mp4 movie file on an NTFS formatted microSD card and the TF played the movie normally. This is on a unrooted TF with HC 3.2 and the latest ASUS firmware. This is good news. Now I won't have to reduce the bitrate so drastically on long Blu-ray movies to get them under 4 GB. Thanks for sharing your discovery Frederuco.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frederuco View Post
    I have a .docx file in the root of my microSD card. It could be that a .txt file in the root is thought to be a system file and gets hidden by default.

    You, sir, have intrigued me. I will now have to investigate this.
    I have noticed that the stock file manager as well as some others on the TF have problems opening a plain text file which has '.txt' extension.

    I think even the 'Office' packages which are happy to open '.doc' and '.ppt' files are unable to open '.txt' files.

    I agree this needs further investigation.
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    I would prefer that it support ext4 instead of NTFS, but anything better than fat32 is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vlbaindoor View Post
    I have noticed that the stock file manager as well as some others on the TF have problems opening a plain text file which has '.txt' extension.

    I think even the 'Office' packages which are happy to open '.doc' and '.ppt' files are unable to open '.txt' files.

    I agree this needs further investigation.
    Interesting. I had not noticed this, but that is probably because I use ES File Explorer.


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    The thing I really don't understand is that EXT4 was widely adopted by Linux and Android uses a Linux kernel but no EXT4? Android doesn't even play well with Linux! Crazy!!
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