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I tried the following situation and I'm getting a bunch of errors:

https://raycodingdotnet.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/mounting-exfat-filesystem-in-ubuntu/

I'M ALSO using ubuntu version 11.10. Everytime I try to upgrade to a new version my old computer no longer works. So I want to make this work first on my version to back all my files up.

Do I need a higher version?

Someone posted this solution:

Ubuntu 14.04 or higher

Since Ubuntu 13.10, this package is in the main repository. Just install exfat-fuse and exfat-utils:

sudo apt-get install exfat-fuse exfat-utils [Ubuntu 12.04]

For ubuntu 13.04 and lower, you'll need a ppa to install the exfat support. Installation procedure:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:relan/exfat

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install fuse-exfat

If you see the error gpg: "tag:launchpad.net:2008:redacted" not a key ID: skipping during the apt-add-repository step, then you'll need to manually install the signing key and run the apt-get update and apt-get install steps after that:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 4DF9B28CA252A784

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  • Are you really running Ubuntu 11.10? The link you followed is quite old, but the correct answer will depend upon knowing what version of Ubuntu you are running. – Charles Green Nov 29 '17 at 16:47
  • Ubuntu 11.04 has been past EOL for several years. Please install a supported version (14.04, 16.04, 17.04, or 17.10). Note that 17.04 will be EOL in just a couple months, so I wouldn't recommend it. – Zeiss Ikon Nov 29 '17 at 16:53
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    Ubuntu 11.10 has not been supported since mid 2012 - you will need to update. Have you tried running any of the more current versions from a liveUSB? I read that an upgrade process will not work at this point, and that you would need to do a fresh install. – Charles Green Nov 29 '17 at 16:53
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    Best way to approach this is making yourself an USB live stick from which you boot from, you can install exfat there while running (tho this change is not permanent) and move your files from that computer to your USB drive you want to use as backup solution. IMHO installing an ppa or even trying to update 11.10 is a futile attempt when it is deleted later anyways, so safe yourself some time and headache. – Videonauth Nov 29 '17 at 22:47
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    If you install ExFAT on the USB it is on the USB and does not make changes to the installed system, but youre able to access the old systems files and (giving that you have two USB ports) aloows you to move the files over every Ubuntu Live is in fact a fully working OS, just on a stick. Just choose the 'Try Ubuntu' option instead of ''Install'. If it comes to which version, i'd suggest putting 16.04 on that stick, it is very stable in the newer builds of that ISO image. – Videonauth Nov 29 '17 at 23:03