I use Linux since 12 years now. I use a lot of external harddisks (about 30 or so…). I use of course ext4 for these that only have to work with linux. But about 10 HDDs also have to work with Windows, so I have choosen NTFS over the last 10 years.
I know that NTFS is a so called (??) fuse filesystem for linux, and that’s why it is noticeable slower with file operations that a native ext4 filesystem.
Also there was this package “exfat-fuse” with that e.g. Ubuntu could access ExFat Thumbdrives or so. (BTW: you have to use gnome-disk-utility to format as exfat as gparted cannot do this)
But, also ExFat is (or was?) a fuse filesystem in linux. In the Windows world there was this opinion that one should use exfat for flashdrives, and better ntfs for (spinning) harddrives.
Now my final question is (because I am discovering that my copy job actually is again very slow to ntfs harddisk):
Is it better to choose exfat also for harddisks in linux (than ntfs)? Because… wasnt there an info that exfat would be included in the linux kernel (and isnt therefor not a fuse-driver anymore??) Also it would have the advantage that also MacOS could read/write that disk.
What do you choose and why?
Because I am thinking about switching from NTFS to ExFat for my external harddisks (that 10 that have to…) for my use under Linux.
What do you think?
Happy discussion and thanks already for your opinions and help