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I just formated a partition to exFAT using the terminal command sudo mkfs.exfat -n. Is it possible to do the same thing using a GUI?

Before people comment that the Terminal command works just fine (which it indeed does), I want to say that I am introducing a friend to Ubuntu. He's in his 70's and very unsavvy. People like him usually get scared by any mention of the terminal. I like reccomending Ubuntu to people who know very little about computers, and such people don't like to use the terminal. I don't like telling them that in order to do this or that they have to open the terminal and put together this and that command. They are used to things being retard-proof.

  • Have you tried GNOME Disks? Or GParted? – Smile4ever Mar 27 '16 at 10:42
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    @smile4ever GParted doesn't seem to have any option for formating to exFAT, as far as I can see, even after installing the packages. The option is greyed out. Will try GNOME Disks. – Revetahw says Reinstate Monica Mar 27 '16 at 10:43
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    This seems to work for people using gparted linuxforums.org.uk/… – bistoco Mar 27 '16 at 10:51
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    @bistoco There is only partial support for exFAT in GParted in Ubuntu and this partial support does not include formatting a partition as exFAT. – karel Nov 10 '17 at 10:01
  • Kepp in mind it's very difficult to resize/extend exFAT. See: Shrink exFAT partition – KrisWebDev Aug 15 '18 at 14:16
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First of all you need to install exfat support packages. You can do it by running in terminal

sudo apt-get install exfat-utils exfat-fuse

Then you will be able to use gnome-disks to format exfat.

  1. Open "Disks" application in Dash.

  2. Select your disk drive.

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  1. Press the "gears" button and select "Format".

  2. Select "Custom" as "Type" and type in "exfat" as a filesystem.

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  1. Press "Format".
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Kde Partition Manager is another alternative to gnome-disks (which I don't have a good experience with when it comes to formatting).

It's Like GParted but (still) have support for exFAT.

I just made a more detailed post about it here.

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Note

If you're introducing this to a new user, make sure to tell them to use the correct (USB) disk on the right.

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