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Old 02-03-2012, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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What I can't comprehend at all is why flash media manufacturers have plans to adopt exFAT in the future and pay M$ patent fees, instead of using an open file system, like ext4? Didn't they learn anything from TomTom's patent lawsuit?
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:25 PM
 
Location: United State of Texas
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Because they don't want non-Windows users calling and complaining that the drive is broken.

FAT32 will still do 4K clusters at any size flash drive you can buy today so storage efficiency isn't really an issue.
Never thought about it in those terms but that makes really good sense.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Scranton
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Because they don't want non-Windows users calling and complaining that the drive is broken.
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FAT32 is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux right out of the box. NTFS is not.
I don't know about Mac, but NTFS has been fully supported in Linux for more than a few years now.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:42 PM
 
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I don't know about Mac, but NTFS has been fully supported in Linux for more than a few years now.
I believe mac is still read-only for NTFS. Then there's the myriad of photo printing kiosks, cars, TV's, picture frames, etc that one might plug a flash drive into.
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