Windows 10: ExFAT Solved

  1.    13 Jul 2015 #1

    ExFAT


    I have Samsung SSD with exFAT file system.Can I use for Win10 download?
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    Windows 10 Build 14267
       13 Jul 2015 #2

    I really didn't understand what you mean?

    Do you want to install Windows 10 on that SSD?

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  3.    13 Jul 2015 #3

    Sorry about that, more info


    Vladimir said: View Post
    I really didn't understand what you mean?

    Do you want to install Windows 10 on that SSD?

    Yes, I want to install win10 on that SSD, My C drive is on another 500gb ssd but there is only about 175tgb unused on my C drive ssd. So, I want to install win 10 on the empty SSD.
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  4.    13 Jul 2015 #4

    If the drive is large enough you can install Windows 10 there but it must be formatted NTFS. Vista and later (including Windows 10) can only be installed on NTFS.
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  5.    14 Jul 2015 #5

    LMiller7 said: View Post
    If the drive is large enough you can install Windows 10 there but it must be formatted NTFS. Vista and later (including Windows 10) can only be installed on NTFS.
    Or GPT in case of UEFI Bios.
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  6.    14 Jul 2015 #6

    CountMike said: View Post
    Or GPT in case of UEFI Bios.
    No, Windows can currently only be installed on a NTFS partition and the installation will offer to format it for you if it is not (or say you can't install).

    GPT is the partition table type (vs MBR on older versions of Windows). This is not the same as the file system (NTFS, FAT, EXT4 etc) which is defined for each individual partition irrespective of the partition table type (although not in the same way).

    You can't install Windows on a ExFAT partition (but you can use an ExFAT partition to run a VM if you wish).

    You can download the ISO onto an ExFAT partition (as it will fit within the file system limits) but you can't install it on that partition without formatting it.
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       14 Jul 2015 #7

    davew said: View Post
    I have Samsung SSD with exFAT file system.Can I use for Win10 download?
    Vista and Win7 require NTFS, Win8 changed that requirement ... not sure what it means as far as exFat though.

    I'd be interested in a test ... if you're willing.

    Note that some features will not be available if it does install. I don't think Reparse points are supported in exFat, so you lose all of those legacy folder links that point to the real folder (Application Data points to AppData, My Documents points to Documents.....). I don't think Restore points will work either - anything that needs the System Volume Information folder will be lost (Shadow copies, etc) - not sure on that though.

    You could always slice off some space from the SSD (30 GB should be enough to test Win10).

    Just create the free space, don't put a file system on it - then install Win10 to that unallocated /raw space.

    The only caveat I can think of it how is the system Reserve partition configured.
    please post a screen shot of Disk Management.
    See: How to Post a Screenshot of Disk Management

    Back up your data if there's anything you want to preserve in case of failure.
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    Windows 10 Build 14267
       14 Jul 2015 #8

    davew said: View Post
    Yes, I want to install win10 on that SSD, My C drive is on another 500gb ssd but there is only about 175tgb unused on my C drive ssd. So, I want to install win 10 on the empty SSD.
    So that's quite easy... During install you'll be able to partition/reformat your SSD ! Go for it !

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  9.    17 Jul 2015 #9

    Thanks to all who replied to my thread. Problem now solved
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