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    What is the best "File System" for external SD Card for Android

    Ok I apologize if this question has been answered (probably several times), also if this is not in the right forum. But I have an Asus Prime 32GB tablet, got to say I have had it for about 5 weeks now and love it. Nothing will replace my laptop...although I haven't touch it in 5 weeks...hhmmmm. Anyways, I purchased a 32GB Scandisk micro SD Card (class 10...nice price $41.00 dollars!!)) and was wondering what is the best file system for it exFAT, FAT32 or NTFS...can't see putting a linx one on it...although I dual boot my laptop with a Linx distro...hmmm...perhaps that might make me use my laptop more...lol

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    I would just plug it into the TF and use it. Thats what I did. I think it formats it automatically if the formatting won't work correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Well, FAT32 is the default. The biggest issue is there is a 4 GB per file limit with this file system.

    Because of that, I use NTFS. Some tablets and devices cannot read exFAT, so I hate using that.


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    Linux file systems don't work very well either. No EXT4 sadly...
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    OK. I just got my 64 GB from Best Buy as was mentioned on this forum but now I am wondering how I can get it to work with computer, tf 300 and maybe a camera? What might be the best format to choose and how do I do it? In the past I just let the computer choose as I copied and pasted. Situations? Or is this to much to ask of a finger nail sized micro SD card?
    Damn I just had to have this. Back in the old days I bought 4 MG of ram instead of the gold bracelet I was lusting after. I can't imagine how much 64 GB --how many gold bracelets it would have been worth way back then. The tech guys at Gateway I think it was--couldn't believed anyone had that much Ram.
    And BTW. What does RAM in a 300 look like? Is it one GB ? And is there anyway to upgrade it?
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    No way to upgrade ram. You should just be able to plug and play the microSD in the tablet. That's all I did. If you want to transfer any single files that are over 4GB then you will need to put it into a PC and format it as NTFS.

    The RAM is not upgradeable in tablets. It is what it is, no way to get more, sadly. And yes, according to the ASUS webpage it is 1GB of RAM.
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    NTFS for convenience sake. FAT can't hold files more than 4Gigs, and the linux file systems aren't compatible with windows without doing some elaborate configuration (Not exactly plug and play).

    Just reformat it to NTFS and forget about it. Only issue is that you won't be able to use it with your camera, which usually only supports FAT.

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    LOL ,, Hag--can't have our cake and eat it to!!!
    Ty for the info about cameras. I will check that out.
    Is there any reason to choose FAT over NTFS? If not planning on using it in a camera?
    Above and beyond large file transfer?
    Did the Commodore 64 even have RAM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lea View Post
    LOL ,, Hag--can't have our cake and eat it to!!!
    Ty for the info about cameras. I will check that out.
    Is there any reason to choose FAT over NTFS? If not planning on using it in a camera?
    Above and beyond large file transfer?
    Did the Commodore 64 even have RAM?
    Good trivia question. )
    Personally, i can't think of one.
    FAT:
    Likely to be compatible with other gadgets.

    NTFS:
    Resistant to getting corrupted if the write is interrupted. Try pulling both in the middle of a copy operation, see which one gets an error the next time you access it. NTFS gets an incomplete file, FAT needs to rebuild the file table.
    Can support files bigger than 4Gigs, which is kinda essential when you're watching HD movies that are around 8Gigs. And is compatible with your desktop, which matters more than compatibility with other gadgets anyway.


    Anyway, my cameras and PMP's have their own memory cards, and the transformer can read/transfer files to those so it's no biggie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfmetcalf View Post
    Linux file systems don't work very well either. No EXT4 sadly...
    I have a NAS formatted as EXT4 in my office and have no problems reading or writing on my WiFi network?

 

 
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