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Support exFAT volumes with NAS Synology for free

I recently acquired a new external multi-TB SSD and these types of volumes are formatted in exFAT. exFAT is a file system introduced by Microsoft in 2006 and optimized for flash memory such as USB flash drives and SD cards.

Unfortunately Synology doesn’t support it by default. Here are the steps to follow to overcome this:

Adapt the following commands to your needs (armhf worked with my DS216play):

wget -P /tmp/ http://ftp.fr.debian.org/debian/pool/main/f/fuse-exfat/exfat-fuse_1.1.0-2+deb8u1_armhf.deb
dpkg -x /tmp/exfat-fuse_1.1.0-2+deb8u1_armhf.deb /tmp/exfat-fuse/
cp /tmp/exfat-fuse/sbin/mount.exfat-fuse /bin/

List all your disks to find your external disk (/dev/sdq1 for me):

fdisk -l

Now you can mount your volume:

mkdir /volume1/usb-exfat
mount.exfat-fuse /dev/sdq1 /volume1/usb-exfat -o nonempty

Play with your disk, then unmount it with:

eject -F /dev/sdq
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JJJJ
JJJJ
1 month ago

I tried your instructions on a DS218+ and its mounting the drive and I can see the files in it but cannot write anything to the drive.

Carlos
Carlos
4 months ago

Hi, How can I do this instrucction on NAS ..??

Sam
Sam
5 months ago

Thanks, it worked for DS116