1. PDX97229's Avatar
    I know I can get a Micro SD card...and even use an External Hard Drive with an OTG cable.
    But how large a card can I use? Will 128GB work, and does it have to be formatted as FAT32? If FAT32, what good would 128GB be? I mean if we try to use 128GB in a PC a FAT32 format will only see 32GB, won't it?

    Any suggestions for a good card for this Note 5? We also have a TAB S2, and assume the same will apply.

    Thank you.
    02-05-2016 03:30 PM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    The SD card can be up to 2TB (which isn't made yet). The format has to be exFAT. (If you format a 128GB card as FAT32, you'll have HUGE clusters - saving a small text file will take megs of space on the card.)

    I'm not sure about using a thumb drive on an OTG cable, but I know my phone sees my 2TB network drive. It will probably see a 128GB thumb drive too - if it's formatted exFAT. Since the SDXC specification calls for exFAT, manufacturers are free to do what they want with SDXC cards formatted as FAT32 - ignore them, misread them, only see the first 32GB of them - nothing is guaranteed, and the same card may be seen differently by different devices.

    If you have to use a format other than exFAT, use ext2 (although Windows will need a helper program to read it, while it reads and writes exFAT natively. Linux, OTOH, doesn't, except in Android devices.)
    02-05-2016 03:52 PM
  3. PDX97229's Avatar
    So, if we buy a new card...say 128GB or even 64GB, will it be exFAT, or are you saying that is something I will have to look at to be sure. I never even knew that Windows (10 or even XP) could format in exFAT.
    02-05-2016 04:34 PM
  4. acles003's Avatar
    Where are you guys seeing an SD card slot?
    02-05-2016 05:41 PM
  5. PDX97229's Avatar
    Where are you guys seeing an SD card slot?
    I am talking about buying a Micro SD card and using an OTG cable that fits into the charging/accessory port.
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    02-05-2016 05:56 PM
  6. acles003's Avatar
    Oh oops, ok thanks.
    02-05-2016 05:57 PM
  7. usman khushnood's Avatar
    I personally prefer a usb drive over a micro sd card. Because i can easily transfer stuff between my fone and my pc or laptop. I have a 128gb flash drive and it works fine with otg cable.

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    02-05-2016 07:27 PM
  8. blackhemi4x4's Avatar
    Mine sees my 200gb micro SD card just fine.
    02-06-2016 11:19 AM
  9. BergerKing's Avatar
    I use a dual ended SanDisk thumb drive for external, and also have other drives that use an adapter. Very handy to have.
    02-06-2016 09:56 PM

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