I tried creating a veracrypt volume and I assigned 10gb to it. The tutorial I saw on veracrypt had the file system option as FAT, however exFAT was automatically selected as my option when I was creating the volume. Does anyone know why this happened and Would this cause any problems for me when I try to access my volume?
When creating a volume, you are being asked if you want to store files larger than 4GB or less than 4GB. Go with larger than 4GB option. This option is the option that determines the types of file systems you will be then presented. So just choose to use files above 4GB and then you will be able to select a file system that definitely works with large files (unlike the old FAT).
VeraCrypt is only incidental for this question, which is really about the differences between file-system formats.
In a nutshell, the main usage points that one can use when deciding on the format are:
- FAT32: Best performance on small storage volumes and almost universally supported, but the most limited. Maximum volume size is 2 TB, maximum file size is 4 GB (or 2 GB).
- ExFAT: Best performance on small-large sized storage volumes but low performance on storage volumes with large amounts of files and data, almost universally supported.
- NTFS: Best performance on storage volumes of all sizes with any amount of files and data, Windows only.
- EXT : Best for Linux-only systems.
- HFS Plus : Best for MacOS-only systems.