FAT32 is a filesystem format that is used on flash drives and older systems. It is the only filesystem that is fully supported by all three major operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux).

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sdcard performance bottleneck

I have loaded my 4 GB almost entirely with mp3 files (FAT32). Now, I cannot remove none of them, even with command line tools. I tried to format e: but cancelled it after 24 hours (sdcard reader ...
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NTFS or FAT32? What's better if i dont share my files?

NTFS or FAT32? I am a domestic user and my computer is used only at home. (no pun there). I ve read somewhere that NTFS is better because it'd allow me to set different security for files in user/file ...
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Windows was unable to complete the format

Hi all I trying to format the memory card of mine but windows can't able to format it. I have tried for hours finding the solutions on the net but got nothing so far. Is there any way I can format my ...
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Copy speed to usb flash drive very slow when partitioned as NTFS

So I have a 16GB Corsair Flash Voyager USB flash drive. I am on a fairly new install of Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1. I use the flash drive for one thing, watching things on my TV. I will copy ...
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Why flash drive has different capacity when formatted using FAT32 and NTFS?

I have a HP flash drive with 8 GB capacity. Recently I tried to copy a file larger than 4 GB to it(when the flash drive was empty) and got an error(saying something like "cannot copy, insert another ...
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Windows 8: How much bad blocks are there in USB flash drive?

I have a USB flash drive. After using it for a year or so some blocks became unreadable. I formatted the drive in order these blocks to be marked as bad ones: Was they really marked and excluded ...
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Accidentally formatted ext4 partition

I have just formatted an ext4 partition to fat32 using gparted. I stupidly closed gparted before I realized that I might have been able to use the undo function. I am currently attempting file ...
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my computer tells me that the volume does not contain a recognized file system. And its fat32

my computer tells me that the volume does not contain a recognized file system. And its fat32 i tried to reinstall win 7 from bootable external hard drive and now i've faced this problem, i was using ...
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I have a USB drive formatted as FAT32. How can I set its permissions in ubuntu 14.04?

I can read the files but can't write or change the permissions of a file I wanted.
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Slow for Small Files, Fast Big Files

My WD Harddisk has a problem so I had to replace it. anyway, i need to recover my data. I have windows 7 Pro. I used the old harddisk in external harddisk case (through USB cable) it takes very long ...
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Why formatted flash memory has used space

I format my flash memory and select its file system format as FAT32 : And then take a look at the flash memory drive properties : As you see above, there is a 16KB used space. I change ...
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Doesn't metadata occupy any size?

I put 4096 characters in a text file and save it.Since every character is 1 byte, Size of the text file must be 4K byte.As you see below that's OK: I connect my flash memory to my computer. the ...
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What does this libparted warning message mean?

I have a FAT partition on my disk, and I want to shrink its size. But when I do, I got the following warning. File system doesn't have expected sizes for Windows to like it. Cluster size is 8k ...
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Recover data from exFAT formatted HDD

I have a WD Elements 1TB HDD (originally with FAT32 system) which was mistakenly formatted (quickformat option) to exFAT file system using windows 7 format command. I primarily have personal photos, ...
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Why does ubuntu linux insist on been installed on a ext partition and can it be installed on fat32 or NTFS?

Before i start don't lecture me on the fact that fat32 is old and hasn't been updated for nearly 20 years. Right now i have sorted that, I am trying to install ubuntu Linux on to a 64GB flash-drive ...
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Does Windows 8 have to be installed on NTFS?

Does Windows 8 need to be installed on an NTFS partition or does it just like to be on one? If I installed it on NTFS and then copied all its files on to a FAT32 partition would it work or would it ...
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94MB file is too large to be uploaded on FAT32 file system

Everything is in the title : I've got a smb share with write access on a FAT32 file system (I'm aware of the 4GB limit). I've got 426 GB free of 736 GB shown on the network drive. Still if I try ...
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Windows won't show FAT32 USB drive?

I'm hoping someone here can help me. Recently, my Windows 8.1 has stopped showing any USB drive that's be formatted as FAT32 in This PC. This seems to only be for FAT32 drives, because there does ...
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Computer will not recognize new hard drive formatted to FAT32

I have recently acquired a new seagate hard drive. I formatted it the other day to FAT32, as I had my previous hard drive (the exact same model), and plugged it in to my TV. It worked fine. However ...
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Easy2Boot not working with a exfat format

I am triying to multiboot a USB flash drive using Easy2Boot and it says: You can use FAT32 or NTFS (and with a few limitations an exFAT or ext2 formatted drive) But when I launch ...
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Can a USB be removed with out un-mounting during de-fragmentation

I have a USB flash drive formatted to fat32 and I have a batch file to defragment it. Would there be any damage done to the flash drive or it's files if I was to unplug it from the USB port while it ...
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How do I save 4 GB+ files on a FAT32 flash drive? [duplicate]

I have a 6 GB file that I want to move to my flash drive. The only problem is that the limitations of FAT32 prevent me. I would like to avoid NTFS. I also can't use exFAT because I would then have ...
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Best way to defragment hard drive? [closed]

I'm trying to understand how defragmenting works so I can write my own program to do it. I was considering have it iterate through the files on the hard drive and defragment them each seperately. ...
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How to create a loop device without using mount (without loop.ko)?

While trying to do the following: mkdir loop-mount mount -o loop output loop-mount The problem is I don't have loop.ko and can't add it to my machine. Is there a tool or other way to create a loop ...
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What is the best format to format a hard-drive to [closed]

OK my question is what is the best format for a hard-drive. When I say best a mean: Compatibility with other OS other than windows. Ability for file compression and de-fragmenting. Speed and ...
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Formatting FAT32 with 32KB cluster on Windows 8.1?

I'm lucky: I own a laptop only capable of running Windows Vista. I say this because I had to use said laptop to format an SD card to FAT32 wtih a 32KB cluster, something I found I'm unable to do using ...
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Damaged hard disk - FAT32 - lost boot sector and root directory

I've got an external 640Gb HDD which has been badly treated (accidentally packed into a sea shipment container then left in storage for 9 months, probably had some extreme temperatures too). I'm ...
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Can I copy files from NTFS to FAT32, and then open them using a FAT32 OS?

I have a Windows XP operating system disk that is NTFS formatted. The problem is that it is damaged but I can still access some of the files and data, only as a slaved drive. I have a Windows XP ...
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How to Boot FAT Flash Drive with Ubuntu Installer [duplicate]

I have a 1.86 GB Flash Drive and it is a FAT File System. I have downloaded the Ubuntu ISO. I need to be able to boot the flash drive with the Ubuntu ISO and be able to install it to another computer ...
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Benefits of converting Data partition from NTFS to FAT32

Desktop PC with internal SSD is running Windows XP SP3 and partitioned as below. Over time I've come to learn that NTFS does many more read/write operations than FAT32 thus possibly reducing the ...
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How to format to FAT32 under Windows 8?

How to format to FAT32 under Windows 8? Formatter applet shows only NTFS and exFAT. Is exFAT the same as FAT32 with some paramters?
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how to format a 500gb external hard drive to fat32 using windows 7 [duplicate]

I want to partition and format my 3TB wdbacw0030hnk-01 western digital external hard drive. I want to partition the drive to at least 2 partitions, one being 500gb (512,000 MB) and the rest to 2TB ...
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FAT32 Structure

Is there any tool available which can provide some form of dump of the physical locations of files on a FAT32 filesystem ? I am investigating a corruption issue with an embedded system and a ...
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What symbols can I use in FAT32 volume labels?

Am I allowed to use spaces, dots and other symbols in volume labels? What is the maximum length?
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Mac/PC hybrid CD ISO to USB? [duplicate]

I have a once-a-year project that I work on around this time every year, which consists of a set of HTML and CSS files (kind of like a saved copy of a website) that get distributed on professionally ...
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Command line tool to edit FAT/FAT32 attributes on Mac OS X?

Is there a command line tool to edit the FAT/FAT32 attributes (hidden, system, read-only) on Mac OS X? The "chflags" command seems to apply specifically to HFS filesystems... Searching the web turns ...
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How to create multiple partitions on a USB pen drive

I would like to be able to create 2 partitions on my USB pen drive: 1 readonly (cdrom) partition, and 1 writable partition (FAT32). What I have tried so far with no success: Using /sbin/gparted on ...
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Best way to try to recover FAT32 corrupted usb flash drive

I've got a FAT32 USB flash drive (Not mine; I would never store critical data on a FAT32 flash device!) with evident signs of data corruption: When viewed in Windows 7: All or almost all files are ...
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USB Drive Format NTFS Vs FAT32?

Please can anyone explain the Pro's and Con's of Formatting your USB drive in NTFS format or FAT32 format and vice versa ? Please highlight any advantages of one format over the other . Keeping in ...
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How much data storage capacity will be lost converting from FAT32 to NTFS?

I want to convert my 1TB (931GB) and 2TB (1.81TB) external hard drives from FAT32 to NTFS file system to support larger files. I've done some research on how to do it but before I decide if I should ...
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Create a protected folder on USB Stick

I like to have a protected folder on my USB stick with my name in it, so if someone finds it, they can return it to me. There will be no data inside, it's just a named folder on top of all other data. ...
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USB Flash Drive shows empty but definitely had non-hidden files

I have this 16 GB USb Flash Drive and I remember storing a lot of data in it. I used this several weeks later on my Windows PC and it fails to show any files on it. None were hidden and even so, my PC ...
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testdisk to recover formatted external

I accidentally reformatted a 1TB external hard drive from FAT32 to HFS+ Journaled (Mac OSX Extended Journaled). I've been looking at data recovery programs such as VirtualLab's Data Recovery and ...
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FAT filesystem - bad superblock

Last night my android phone said it can't read the SD card and it wanted to format it. I pulled it out, put it in a card reader and tried to mount it on my desktop pc: $ sudo mount /dev/sdb1 tmp ...
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How to create a large FAT32 partition

It is a 640GB hard drive. The FAT32 partition needs to be at least 120GB. I am using Ubuntu.
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How can I find the actual amount of free file directory spaces in a FAT32 folder?

I understand that there are approx. 64K possible files in a FAT32 folder. This assumes 8.3 file names. Longer file names take up multiple slots. Therefore, it is difficult to know how many actual ...
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Can't handle convmv

Description: Ubuntu 11.10 Release: 11.10 Codename: oneiric I have a lot of folders and files with ??? ???? ??.txt - like file names when I do $ sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 ...
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why can't i format a partition FAT32?

I have an HDD with two partitions. I can format one of them as NTFS, exFAT or FAT32. The other partition - a 51.26GB partition - can only be formatted as NTFS or exFAT. Why? According to Disk Manager ...
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How to resolve daylight saving time discrepancy when copying files from camera to HDD?

When copying files from the SDHC card of the camera to a local HDD for storage, I find that sometimes the modified time of files is a hour different. I believe this is because the SDHC card uses ...
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NTFS vs FAT file system on XP or later, any usage stat?

I'm working on a backup application (something like dropbox, only for different market and different purpose), For this, I need to reliably track changes made to file system. Because of the way ...