How Much External Storage can I add to the Galaxy Note 5?

PDX97229

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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.

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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.)
 

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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.
 

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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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I use a dual ended SanDisk thumb drive for external, and also have other drives that use an adapter. Very handy to have.
 

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