12-20-2012 11:58 AM
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  1. EndlessDissent's Avatar
    That's a real PITA for most of the users here. GParted is a bit much just to format an sdcard. IMO... Loading using a live Linux distribution is probably over 60% of these guys heads and less you are going to run a support thread for it and be there to answer everyone's questions please don't suggest it.
    IDK. All you do is burn it to a CD or write it to a USB stick, turn the computer off, put the USB stick in or leave the CD in the drive, turn the computer back on, let it boot from the stick or CD, open the GParted program when the computer is done booting (IIRC, it's an icon on the desktop, so you won't be hunting for it), and partition/format the drive. And all the instructions are on the website to which I linked. Really, depending on your download speed, downloading GParted will probably be the most time-consuming part.

    I mean, it's not like I'm telling people to install anything, and it's not like I'm telling anyone to use Slackware or Gentoo. GParted is made for exactly our purposes -- and it's designed to make what we're trying to do as quick and painless as possible. Why would you not want to use a tool made specifically for the job you're trying to do? If there were any way to make Windows recognize and/or format an ext4 drive, I would suggest that, but there isn't, so GParted is the best bet here. I suppose you could use SystemRescueCD, but then I'd have to explain the difference between 10 different boot options. You could actually use any distribution with a live version, but GParted is probably the easiest solution, barring the discovery of an Android app.
    12-03-2012 02:23 PM
  2. Skunkape60's Avatar
    And after lots of testing by both EndlessDissent and myself, AT THIS POINT IN TIME. Ext4 is NOT a good choice for use on the GS3. While you would think it would work, the phone doesn't like it at all. SdCards formatted with ext4 will not properly mount and are useless as storage media.

    It looks like the next best option for those needing large file size support, is going to come from TWRP. The TWRP recovery for the note 2 is supposed to handle exfat. There is also a not yet released version of twrp for the gs3, that is supposed to handle exfat. Now that is being worked on, it's only a matter of time.
    12-16-2012 11:21 AM
  3. EndlessDissent's Avatar
    And after lots of testing by both EndlessDissent and myself, AT THIS POINT IN TIME. Ext4 is NOT a good choice for use on the GS3. While you would think it would work, the phone doesn't like it at all. SdCards formatted with ext4 will not properly mount and are useless as storage media.
    Well, there is a way to make ext4-formatted cards mount and work perfectly. It just requires running a command at the terminal or making an init script to run at boot. Neither method is particularly efficient for most people, and therefore not recommended. I will personally use the init script method because I would prefer to have my card formatted with ext4 since I'm a Microsoft hater and Linux lover.

    Why ext4 cards don't mount properly is beyond me. I'm guessing it's a problem with Android's HAL implementation. Google wasn't expecting anyone to use anything besides FAT32, NTFS, or exFAT in their SD cards and programmed the HAL specifically for those filesystems. That's just a guess, of course. It could be a bug somewhere else.
    12-17-2012 12:52 PM
  4. Skunkape60's Avatar
    Well, there is a way to make ext4-formatted cards mount and work perfectly. It just requires running a command at the terminal or making an init script to run at boot. Neither method is particularly efficient for most people, and therefore not recommended. I will personally use the init script method because I would prefer to have my card formatted with ext4 since I'm a Microsoft hater and Linux lover.

    Why ext4 cards don't mount properly is beyond me. I'm guessing it's a problem with Android's HAL implementation. Google wasn't expecting anyone to use anything besides FAT32, NTFS, or exFAT in their SD cards and programmed the HAL specifically for those filesystems. That's just a guess, of course. It could be a bug somewhere else.
    Tried to get it to run with the script... still had issues... but I may be found something wrong as I admit, that not my strength.
    12-17-2012 01:19 PM
  5. Skunkape60's Avatar
    I have posted a new thread in the rooting section. TWRP 2.3.2.3 with exfat support. It is currently the only recovery that will read a sdcard formatted with the exfat file system.
    12-20-2012 11:58 AM
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