Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jul 2017 14:51 UTC

OneDrive users around the world have been upset to discover that with its latest update, Microsoft's cloud file syncing and storage system no longer works with anything other than disks formatted with the NTFS file system. Both older file systems, such as FAT32 and exFAT, and newer ones, such as ReFS, will now provoke an error message when OneDrive starts up.

While it's understandable that FAT-based filesystems are left behind - FAT needs to die a quick but horrible death - it seems weird that Microsoft's new ReFS isn't supported.

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A lot of new hardware for retro computers (floppy emulators, IDE adapters, etc) depend on FAT file system being supported, as it is one of easiest to implement for micro controllers, enabling data exchange between that hardware and PC.

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FAT can survive just fine for those use cases. However, we shouldn't be using it in damn new, modern, up-to-date hardware.

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I doubt new computers are the issue. I know a good many people who sync their cloud drives to an external storage medium, often formatted as ExFAT or FAT32 for compatibility between many machines. They essentially use the cloud service as an off-site backup for their external drive (kind of odd, but it works for them I guess). It's these people who are likely to be most affected, though none of the ones I know personally are using OneDrive so it won't bother them one bit.

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