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Windows 7: W7 PC with mixed drives of NTFS and exFat

19 Dec 2016   #1
rocks911

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
W7 PC with mixed drives of NTFS and exFat

I have a W7 machine with multiple hdd's. All are formatted NTFS. I have media on a couple that I need to access with an Android box. exFat seems to be the way to go for Android. So I thought I'd reformat my drives with media on them to exfat.
Will Windows still be able to access media on a drive formatted exFat?
Can I format my primary drive (C) with my OS to exFat and have W7 work normally?

Im just trying to make an older W7 PC work with newer technology and Android is obviously the coming trend


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19 Dec 2016   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Windows from Vista and later has full support for exFAT but this is normally only used for external drives. There are few reasons to format an internal drive as anything but NTFS and that is the only option provided in Windows Explorer. Windows from Vista and later can only be installed on an NTFS partition.

exFAT was designed for external drives to overcome some of the limitations of FAT32. It was never intended to replace NTFS which is really a far more capable file system. All of my Windows 7 internal drives are formatted NTFS and I have no difficulty accessing them over the network, for both reading and writing, from my Android phone. Android knows nothing of NTFS but on a network that doesn't matter.
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