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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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 ...
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Linux command to get FAT32 sectors of a file

I'd like to find an equivalent command to debugfs but for FAT32 partitions within Linux. I need to list all the sectors corresponding to a specific file (I'm working on a disk imaged with dd). If ...
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Why is my sd card only readable in the camera but not in the computer?

I am not able to download the contents of my SD card which is full of photos from my Nikon camera. When I put the card into my camera, I can view the photos, without a problem. But when I put the SD ...
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Can I convert a fat32 disk image to NTFS, and how?

I have just imaged a FAT32 disk drive on a NTFS disk drive. I'm aware I could have imaged on a FAT32 HDD and convert it later, but I figured it out too late and I'm trying to save processing time (I ...
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How do I tell between FAT16 and FAT32 USB? (Windows)

How can I tell if my USB stick is formatted as FAT16? Windows 7 Disk Management says that my USB stick is a FAT volume. But it doesn't say whether it's FAT16 or FAT32. I opened the Property window ...
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pendrive is appearing and disappearing

My pendrive is recognized on every computer but it will appear and after some time will disappear causing windows to show a FAT32 error. In Windows XP it says that the hardware is damaged. This ...
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convert FAT and NTFS without data loss

Which one of these filesystem format conversions will keep the data on disk, and which will require backup, reformat, and restore? FAT32 to NTFS FAT32 to FAT16 NTFS to FAT32 NTFS to FAT16 Note: I ...
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Windows 8: Cannot access external drives. “Location is not available” “Access is Denied”

Background Information Our office is running a pilot of Windows 8 on a 100 machines. As I've been using Windows 8 at home since the Consumer Preview, I put my name into the pilot. My laptop was due ...
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SSD that doesn't need to utilize OS TRIM support to minimize degredation?

There has been a lot of development towards improving TRIM integration for OS's but I am in need of a solution to SSD integrated TRIM. I've looked through pages of SSD's on newegg.com and some ...
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UEFI bootloader

Issue is that EFI systems only allow you to boot using FAT32. I have to deploy multiple images of Windows 8. My WIM image is larger than 4GB and unable to transfer to a FAT32 partition. I've been ...
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How to create a new file/folder in Fat32 USB drive from Mac OSX with netatalk file sharing

I mounted the FAT32 USB drive with the command: sudo mount -t vfat -o rw,auto,user,fmask=0022,dmask=0000,uid=debian-transmission,gid=debian-transmission /dev/sda1 /media/MEDIA I see the folder in ...
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Linux USB Key - Only able to boot when formatted to FAT (Gigabyte motherboard)

I am able to a USB bootable memory stick (My motherboard is a Gigabyte EP31-DS3L see Fig 2) using either Universal USB Installer or unetbootin if I have formatted the drive before hand to FAT see Fig ...
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restore dd image to another usb stick failed

I'm trying to create a dd image which contains two partition. The first is a ext3,(19MB) the 2nd is fat32.(16MB) I use one 512M usb stick to create image. And use dd if=/dev/sdc of=image.dd bs=1M ...
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Convert 64GB USB flash drive from exFAT to FAT32

I used a C400 64GB USB2 Flash Drive EMTEC green to record digital MP4 using a converter of VHS tapes and transferred them to a PC. This has worked very well. But a moment after I deleted one by one ...
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Linux - Convert FAT32 to NTFS without loss data

I have an external USB hard disk (300GB) in FAT32. The question is how can I convert the type FAT32 to NTFS without loss my data. I have 250 GB of data stored in my disk. I was trying to do that in ...
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Should I format USB sticks and SD cards to FAT, FAT32, exFAT or NTFS? (Windows files, live Linux distors)

Does it depend on the media size which one to chose or on some other parameters? In Windows 7 FAT16 is the default. In pendrivelinux.com's Universal USB Installer FAT32. Which one to chose? How about ...
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CMD Using DIR to order directories by name

I'm using the following command to list files including those in sub-directories ordered by name. dir /b/s/on The files are correctly ordered within their given directories but the directories are ...
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files not appearing in FAT32 volume but Windows Explorer reports full disk usage

It's a 16GB FAT32 formatted thumb drive that should have some 13 GB of my files. However some folders are missing when broswing Windows Explorer. Yet, Explorer says that the device is indeed using 13 ...
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formatting ext3 to fat32/ntfs on windows 7

In a failed attempt to install Linux Mint on an external hard drive, I damaged the disk. Now, it does not show up in the 'My Computer' folder or in Disk Management. I speculate it might have to do ...
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How to preserve directory structure, dates and attributes when copying dir trees in Windows on FATxx volumes?

Is there a tool (sync, backup or copy like) that can do for directory trees on a FATxx partition what an utility like Norton Ghost does for whole volumes? A tool that, while copying directory trees, ...
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If FAT32 has a 4 GB file size limit how was I able to copy my 13 GB iPhoto Library file onto this drive?

It's a 32 GB FAT32 USB thumb drive, and it seems to be having no trouble with my 13 GB iPhoto Library file. I thought there was a 4 GB file size limitation on this file system format?
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Access denied to a file on FAT file system

I just got a new phone which is supplied with a 2 GB SD card. I bought a bigger card to replace it and I want to copy the preloaded data to the new card. The default card's filesystem is FAT and I've ...
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No longer possible to install Windows on FAT32 partitions?

I remember installing XP on a FAT32 partition when it was first launched, but never tried it since then with subsequent versions of Windows. Is it still possible to do so with Vista onwards, or was ...
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How do I repair/recover “RAW” usb drive partition?

Something happened to one of my USB drives. When I connect it my computer, Windows thinks that it's "RAW", and asks me to format it. But it should be FAT32, and chock full of files. I looked in ...
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Is there a way to store a slash in a filename?

Is there a way to have a slash "/" in a filename? The "real" slash, not some other Unicode symbol. The file system should be FAT16/32 and Ext4.
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How Much Space Do Empty Files Consume?

Windows reports both, empty files and folders, as taking up 0 bytes. Surely it takes something to store the file name, attributes, date [created/modified/accessed] etc. How is this weighted?
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How to store large files on Fat32

I wanted to store a large video file on a FAT32 drive (~18 GB), but I discovered that this isn't simply possible due to limitations of the file system. Is there a simple tool that exists for ...
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(How) does deleting open files on Linux and a FAT file system work?

It's clear to me how deleting open files works on filesystems that use inodes - unlink() just decreases the link count to zero, and when the last file handle to the file is closed, the inode will be ...
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How to uncompress a 9GB file in Windows FAT32

I have a 2GB RAR file that contains a 9GB video file. I'm using a FAT32 file system. Now I want to unzip that file but after 4GB I get an error due to the FAT32 file size limit. Now I want to know ...
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Is it possible to change the default scan folder on an Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card?

By default Eye-Fi cards scan the DCIM folder (and subfolders) used by most digital cameras for new images to upload. Is there a way of changing this to a different folder? In my particular case I'm ...
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Native linux bootable thumb drive with first partition as fat32

I've been trying to do this for quite a while and I feel like I have exhausted my options on it. I want to make a flash drive partitioned similarly to this: Number Start (sector) End (sector) ...
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Merging HFS and FAT32 leaving Boot Camp NTFS intact

I have three partitions -- one for Lion, one NTFS that boots Windows XP, and a third one that is FAT32, originally intended to be partition that can share data between OS X and Windows (this is the ...
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Access FAT32 partition from RHEL

AFIK, RHEL has built-in support for FAT32. So, I formatted additional partition on the disk with FAT32 and now I want to open it in RHEL 5.8. How can I do this? I don't see this partition in Computer ...
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Getting around the FAT32 4GB file size limit

I recently purchased a 32GB USB 3 stick that was formatted FAT32. I plugged it into my computer and attempted to copy a film onto it, the file was over 4GB however and it would not let me copy the ...
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Why Both 8GB USB Flash Drives Have Different Integrities?

USB 3.0 SuperTalent Express DUO 8GB recently had its partition corrupted and declared itself "write-protected" and I was told in chat by @sidran32 that this usually means that flash drive gone bad due ...
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Restoring MBR, partition table, and boot sector of memory card without data loss (“USBC”)

Abstract I have a FAT32 memory card that when inserted into a computer causes Windows to prompt to format it. The card is definitely not supposed to be blank and has a bunch of files on it. Symptoms ...
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Difference between “bit-number” in filesystem and that in OS (like 32,64 bit)? [closed]

I encountered 2 terms ,"FAT32", a file system and "Windows Vista 32 bit". I found that the meaning of a 32 bit OS is that that the OS deals with data in chunks of minimum size 32 bits. I don't quite ...
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How can I reformat microSD cards that were created read-only?

My company was burning some microSD cards (4000 of them) and the multi burning machine we were using gives us the option to make the microSD read-only. I didn't know this was possible, but ...