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Mastering Windows Network Forensics and Investigation, 2nd Edition by Scott Pearson, Ryan Johnson, Steve Bunting, Steven Anson

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The exFAT Filesystem

The newest addition to the Microsoft list of supported filesystems is exFAT, a Microsoft proprietary filesystem available to third parties under license. First released in 2006, exFAT has been slowly expanding its user base, although its current popularity is somewhat limited. The adoption of exFAT support by Mac OS X Lion might spur further use. This filesystem is aimed mostly at removable media as a replacement for FAT32, although the lack of support in most major Linux distributions still stands in the way of exFAT replacing FAT32 in the short term. Nevertheless, with support in Windows and Mac operating systems and the constant need for larger removable media in cameras and other digital devices, exFAT is positioned to ...

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