Ubuntu – GUI tool for formating to exFAT


I just formated a partition to exFAT using the terminal command sudo mkfs.exfat -n. Is it possible to do the same thing using a GUI?

Before people comment that the Terminal command works just fine (which it indeed does), I want to say that I am introducing a friend to Ubuntu. He's in his 70's and very unsavvy. People like him usually get scared by any mention of the terminal. I like reccomending Ubuntu to people who know very little about computers, and such people don't like to use the terminal. I don't like telling them that in order to do this or that they have to open the terminal and put together this and that command. They are used to things being retard-proof.

Best Answer

First of all you need to install exfat support packages. You can do it by running in terminal

sudo apt-get install exfat-utils exfat-fuse

Then you will be able to use gnome-disks to format exfat.

  1. Open "Disks" application in Dash.

  2. Select your disk drive.

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  1. Press the "gears" button and select "Format".

  2. Select "Custom" as "Type" and type in "exfat" as a filesystem.

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  1. Press "Format".