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    Booting ubuntu on a usb formatted to ExFat

    Hello,

    this is quite a bit of a rookie bob question. but here goes. Im making the migration from my Mac OS to Ubuntu. I have a mac book pro 2013. Im planning on doing it by USB install boot.
    The question: will it be a problem if i try and write the Ubuntu iso file onto a USB (with Etcher) that is formatted to ExFAT as opposed to Mac OS extended Journaled or MS-DOS (FAT). Will it cause problems when i try and boot install it down the line?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Booting ubuntu on a usb formatted to ExFat

    Welcome.

    When using Etcher or any other tool that makes a perfect copy buy DD, the initial file system doesn't matter.

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    Re: Booting ubuntu on a usb formatted to ExFat

    Quote Originally Posted by CelticWarrior View Post
    Welcome.

    When using Etcher or any other tool that makes a perfect copy buy DD, the initial file system doesn't matter.
    +1

    Etcher is a cloning tool. All cloning tools overwrite whatever is on the target drive with an exact 'raw copy' of the iso file. The following links (and links from them) may add some details,

    Cloning and extraction

    Installation/FromUSBStick

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    Re: Booting ubuntu on a usb formatted to ExFat

    oh ok, great. thanks you

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    Re: Booting ubuntu on a usb formatted to ExFat

    thanks for the links

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