How to open exFAT SSD in Ubuntu 12.04?

exFAT is a proprietary file system developed by Microsoft, and implementing it requires accepting a very restrictive license from Microsoft. However, there is a FUSE implementation of exFAT for linux.

Since you are on a Ubuntu system, you can install the above-mentioned exFAT implementation from their PPA.

  1. Add the PPA to your sources list by running

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:relan/exfat

    in your favourite terminal emulator

  2. Install the fuse-exfat and the exfat-utils packages:

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install fuse-exfat exfat-utils

Now you should be able to use the SSD

To install exfat on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, you don’t need to add any extra PPA to your sources list. You only need to install the exfat-utils package.

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install exfat-utils

Ubuntu and Linux Mint will not automatically mount exFAT devices.  To mount your exFAT device, plug in your device and run:

$ su -
# cat /proc/partitions
# cd /media
# mkdir usbdrive
# mount -t exfat /dev/sdd1 usbdrive

From How to enable exFAT on Ubuntu (on Nam Huy Linux), with a typo corrected.