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I want to switch from using crouton to using GalliumOS on my Chromebook. This means that I need to back up my stuff to an external drive. I want to use a flash drive for this purpose.

However, when I try to copy my files to it, I run into a problem. A lot of my files have a \ in their filename, due to a (probably stupid) system that I use. This is incompatible with both FAT32 and exFAT filesystems, so I want to format one of my flash drives as something else.

What filesystem should I use to do this that would allow for almost any character in the filename?

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NTFS can handle spaces. Alternatively, easier said then done, but EXT4 is typically used by Linux based OS's - so you may want to use that if you need a filesystem that handles spaces - Windows support for that fs is not great though.

Have you considered compressing the files into a single archive and storing them on a regular FAT filesystem that can be read by anything?

  • I had not considered compressing them into an archive. I think that would probably be easier and safer than trying to format the drive. I will try that. Thank you! – Blue-Maned Hawk Oct 1 '19 at 0:37

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