Which Format is Faster for Micro SD Cards; FAT32 or exFAT?


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If you frequently use a Windows system or a storage device like a USB drive, SD cards, it is no surprise that you must have read file formats like FAT32 and exFAT.

Let’s understand what is a FAT32?

FAT32 (an acronym for File Allocation Table 32) is a file system used in storage devices. File systems are ways of organizing storage on devices like hard drives, SSDs, microSD cards, and so on.

  • It is compatible with a huge variety of devices: smartphones, tablets, computers, digital cameras, gaming consoles, surveillance cameras, and so on.
  • It is also cross-compatible with almost all operating systems.

However, the limitations to this file system, it works with files that have a maximum size of 4GB. Another limitation is a decrease in speed when transferring data when compared with exFAT.

What is exFAT?

exFAT is a file system that is used on flash drives like USB memory sticks and SD cards. The name of exFAT stands for Extended File Allocation Table, exFAT is a newer version of the old FAT32 file system.

  • Compatible with almost all devices. It is used on flash drives and mobile devices.
  • exFAT there is no limit on the file sizes like that of the FAT32. Another upside is the increase in speed when transferring data when compared with FAT32.

Generally speaking, exFAT drives are faster and lighter file systems at writing and reading data than FAT32 drives.

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