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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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 ...
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How FAT (File Allocation Table) works?

I got the following description of FAT from a powerpoint slide: Partition boot record(1 sector) ------------------------------- Main FAT (size is up to 2 clusters) ------------------------------- ...
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Make a file non-deletable in USB

Somebody used my USB drive and upon returning it to me, I found a autorun.inf that is undeletable. I tried changing it's file attribute which is only H (not even set as a system file) but it keeps on ...
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Formatting a laptop hard drive (PS3 drive) to FAT32

My PS3 broke down and i am trying to fix it, hopefully this can be done by formatting and reinstalling the OS on its HDD. The HDD is a standard laptop 2.5" drive. I have tried swapping it with my ...
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Partition External Hard Drive 1.5TB which is on FAT32 format into 3 partitions of 500GB each in Windows 7

I would like to partition a 1.5TB external hard drive which is in FAT32 format into 3 partitions of 500GB each.
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Drive system file size

When i made a new drive it take some space for system file FAT32 take the less space, then NTFS, then ext4 my question how to know the space will be taken for the system before make the drive, if the ...
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Windows XP machine not seeing external FAT32 partitions correctly

About 8 months ago my Windows XP laptop stopped being able to see FAT32 external drives when I plug them in... mostly. I will explain... It happens with all my FAT32 drives, whether they be ...
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Maximum files in a single FAT32 directory?

This is more of a curiousity thing, but recently I had errors when copying files to my thumb drive because I had reached some file limit. What exactly is this limit?
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How can I format an SD card with a more robust Linux-usable filesystem with a specific cluster size for better write performace?

Goal: microSD card formatted... for best write performance for use only with embedded Linux for better reliability (random power failures may occur) using an 64kB cluster size I'm using an 8GB ...
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How to reorder the files of a FAT32 file system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to reorder folders? (as displayed in ls -U) How to physically reorder files 03.mp3 01.mp3 02.mp3 (ls -f) in a directory? I know this sounds a bit strange, but ...
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Strange file permissions on FAT32 under Ubuntu

On my machine (Lenovo ThinkPad w510, Ubuntu 10.10) I have (at least) two logical partitions: an ext4 partition to which Ubuntu is installed; a FAT32 partition (the bigger one) on which I store all ...
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Windows 7 cannot view FAT32 formatted bootable usb drive

I'm having some issue where when I run bootsect with a command line of "bootsect.exe /nt52 : /force /mbr", then Windows 7 (the comp I'm running bootsect on) can no longer view the contents of the usb ...
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How to format External Western Digital hard disk when all NTFS boot sectors cannot be written to

I want to format my external hard drive which is a Western Digital 500GB, through cmd dos command. But it fails because all NTFS boot sectors are not writable. Here are the commands I gave and what I ...
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1TB NTFS to FAT32 Drive too big?

I have just tried to change the format a 1tb NTFS drive to fat32 and I'm getting a message that the drive's too big. Can anyone help?
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Need information on a filesystem error:

I have console access to an embedded linux device. This device has flash memory part of which is partitioned as a FAT filesystem. Its running linux-2.6.31. However I am seeing these errors on the ...
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WinXP cannot access FAT/FAT32 Drives

One of my systems, running WinXP SP3, can no longer access FAT and FAT32 formatted drives. When I insert a USB flash drive, it is recognized and assigned a drive letter, but when I try to access it I ...
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formatted external hard drive (FAT32) is un recognizable in Windows 7

So I bought a new 500GB external hard drive. I have a Windows 7 and a OSX 10.5.2 Leopard (Which I'm very new to) I've heard formatting the drive to Fat32 would make it compatible with Windows and ...
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update FAT32 file starting cluster number

I have a system that write files to a FAT32 partition but it frequently write the wrong starting cluster number for some files. I would like a software that is easy to use so I can just find the file ...
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Can I store a Windows NTFS system image to a non-NTFS drive?

My external drive is FAT32 formatted so I can access its files from any operating system. Windows 7's built-in system image feature doesn't allow backing up to this drive. Are there programs that can ...
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What is the Linux equivalent of FAT and how does it relate to block devices?

New to Linux and am having a tough time understanding some basic OS concepts. What is the Linux version of FAT, and how does it relate to these so-called "blocks" or block devices?
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Why does external HDD have a working Recycle Bin?

I have just purchased a new external portable HDD - Buffalo MiniStation 500GB, USB 2. I am using it on Windows XP Home SP 3. The drive is pre-formatted with FAT32. I notice that when I delete ...
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What Windows app can I use to defragment a FAT32 drive's directories at boot time?

What (Windows app) can I use to defragment FAT32 directories? I used to be a fan of PerfectDisk, but they've disabled the feature in their latest versions, and I have drives that I need to use both ...
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Criteria for low disk space warning on XP?

According to this article, it says the low disk space warning appears when there is less than 200MB of disk space. However, I find this not to be the case. Two test examples: 1) I create a 3GB ...
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Converting FAT32 to NTFS

I am using Windows 7 and my hard drive has four partitions. One of the partition, F, contains all my source code of projects. Over time, this partition has become fragmented and slow. This partition ...
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Copy files from FAT32 to NTFS, preserving date

I have a FAT32 flash drive full of old archived emails, and their creation/modification date is important because it represents when the email was received. I'm trying to copy these over to another ...
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How can I access the files on my 16 GB SDHC card?

I own a Nikon camera which I use with a Transcend 16 GB SDHC card. The camera possesses a built-in formatting tool and everything just works, and I am able to take pictures and they are saved to the ...
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WinXP: Is NTFS appropriate for SSDs?

I've just bought an SSD (SLC 32GB PATA) for my old laptop and now I have to decide which file system to use for each partition. I'm goint to need two partitions: one for the OS installation and the ...
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Converting an External Hard drive to NTFS

I am trying to convert my external hard drive from fat32 to ntfs. If possible, I want to avoid losing the data or having transfer it off and back on and formatting ( I have about 400gb of data). I am ...