I needed to install CentOS into a really cool Alienware machine, but I didn’t have the .iso files neither the DVDs so I asked a friend for the .iso file, he gave me a copy using my USB drive but he formatted it to exFat.
The problem is that Linux is not so compatible with that specific file system, but you can use a really cool tool called “Fuse-ExFat” (which is a Free exFat file system implementation) to be able to mount the USB drive.
Let’s do what I did:
Download the rpm file from the official source:
I’m using Fedora 16 (Verne) so this is the file that I used:
It’s a really tiny file, Go to the Downloads folder and let’s install it:
rpm -ivh fuse-exfat-0.9.7-1.fc16.x86_64.rpm
When is done, you need to be sure that you have the following package too:
yum install util-linux-ng
If it’s already there it’s ok, otherwise the above command will install it for you.
Alright, you are ready to start mounting devices using the exFat file system!!