External drive, exFAT, and backup software

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by xxJackxx, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. xxJackxx

    xxJackxx Registered Member

    Oct 23, 2008
    I bought a new USB3 drive to replace a failing drive I currently have. I realized after copying several hundred GB of data to the new drive that it was formatted exFAT. I guess I hadn't really thought about it. I was aware the format existed but had never used it. It is a non-system disk that will just store data, but I am going to use Macrium Reflect to back up to it. Is there a compelling reason for me to reformat it NTFS? I expect that I probably will but I hate having to start over. Are there any benefits to exFAT that I am not aware of? Is there anything that makes it a deal breaker for storing backup files?
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2017
  2. oliverjia

    oliverjia Registered Member

    Jul 21, 2005
    exFAT is OK. It's a universal file system that support read/write by Win/Linux/MacOS. So I don't think you need to format it to NTFS.