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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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 an external USB HDD have a working Recycle Bin?

I have just purchased a Buffalo MiniStation 500GB, USB 2.0 Portable HDD. I am using it on Windows XP Home SP3. The drive came pre-formatted with FAT32. I notice that when I delete files, it asks me ...
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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 ...
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Which file date for which purpose

In windows a file contains of many dates (timestamps). In explorer I can select at least 10 Columns containg dates. Is there an explanation of the different date columns, when and how they will be ...
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Disk fragmentation on Linux

Do I have to de-fragment my ext3 and FAT32 filesystems on Linux? And if yes how?
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Is it possible to install a distro using a DVD image and a pendrive?

I have a 8 GB flash drive and a 4.3 GB DVD iso (openSUSE-11.3) Is it possible to use the flash drive to install the linux? Pendrive linux universal USB installer formats it to Fat32 which limits the ...
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Convert external USB to FAT32 to NTFS, error 490@01010004

I'm trying to run: convert I: /fs:NTFS /X on my portable USB hard disk (500GB Freecom XXS), which is currently FAT32 (to enable support for files larger than 4GB, mainly) but it keeps erroring out ...
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Fat32 incorrectly converted to NTFS

I had a FAT32 partition, and I run the following command: C:\USERS\USER1\CONVERT D: /FS: NTFS Not run this command, but asked me to reset my computer. I reset my computer. CHKDSK first startup, ...
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Formatting FAT32 partition on 500GB HDD

I've just bought a 500GB usb hdd and I saw it has one primary FAT32 partition using all the space... sounds good... Then I tried some configuration and finally needed to reformat hdd with a single ...
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Aligning NTFS to 4kB boundaries

I have an old laptop and I need to convert FAT32 partition to NTFS format. I've read two articles about formatting to NTFS and then about aligning partitions to 4kB boundaries (see links below). My ...
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recover data after repartitioning of disk

I have a 40GB hard disk in my desktop PC. Previously it had two partitions ( C = 20GB FAT32, D = 20GB FAT32 ) I needed to install Fedora 14, so i removed above partitions (without making backup), and ...
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FAT32 External HDD won't open in Windows 7

I run both Ubuntu and Windows 7 machines. I would like to use an external HDD. I read that if it is formatted to FAT32 bot OS's should read it. Win7 is not reading it. How do I get Windows to ...
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what format will work for Mac and windows and handle an 8Gb to 20 Gb file?

I want to move my linux virtual machine's .vdi file from my Mac to my PC It's a dropbox VM, and i'm pretty sure it will work on the PC, i just need a way to move it. I have a 16Gb USB and i've ...
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Copy files off FreeBSD

I have a FreeBSD machine that I have to copy everything off the drive. The fielsystem is UFS and not readable by any other operating system. (great...) I have a USB flash drive (FAT32) I need to copy ...
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How to recover a file using the FAT cluster chain instead of using the stored length in the FAT table?

I'm trying to recover movie files from my TNT receiver hard drive but it corrupts its FAT32 allocation table (crappy cheap device...) Using dosfsck is useless because the correct file length is the ...
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What is the tool for GNU/Linux to edit order of directory entries on FAT filesystem?

It is needed because of my portable audio player does not order entries and just leaves it as in FAT directory. Current way of handling this is only moving files around and re-creating directories ...
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Will I suffer any major drawback(s) if I have the drive formatted as FAT-32

Is there any disadvantage(s) of using a 500GB external hard drive formatted as FAT-32 or is it simply a choice? I am asking this because I am an owner of a PS3 and it only recognizes FAT-32 formatted ...
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If I don't have an external storage device, can I still install Mac Snow Leopard from an ISO image?

The only external device I have to transfer my ISO image to from my MAC's hard drive is an empty NTFS-formatted external drive (which, I just realized, I could potentially format to FAT32). But is ...
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FAT32: Unable to use the whole partition size

I recently bought a 8GB USB flash disk. I created a fat32 filesystem (using mkfs.vfat) on the whole drive (/dev/sdb1). df -h shows approximately 8GB available, but when I try to extract an archive on ...
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Is there anything like a link or shared mount point for FAT32 folders in Linux/Android?

I often want the same files to be accessed by different apps on my Android phone, but the apps look in different folders. Is there a way to make two different folder paths on a FAT SD card point to ...
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hex edit of FAT32 partition tips wanted

I currently have a wrong-sized partition in a "very damaged" status. The first problem for most recovery tools: - disk size is 9*10x units. - logical partition starts at 2*10x units - logical ...
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Fixing “Dirty bits not set” problem?

How do I fix the "Dirty bits not set" error if I'm using a FAT32 system? I'm aware of the fsutil tool but apparently, it doesn't do it's job well on FAT32. Is there an alternative 3rd party software ...
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How do I convert a NTFS partition to FAT32 safely?

I am using Windows XP now. Is there any way to convert a NTFS partition to FAT32 safely? A simple solution that doesn't involve backing everything up would be better.
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How to fix a folder content glitch in a FAT32 filesystem?

at my 450gb fat32 partition, a directory has a wrong content after improper usb drive disconnect; was: /files (total 250gb) /files/folder/ /files/folder2/ /files/somethn.gs Now: ...
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Convert FAT32 to NTFS, risk/time?

After a quick search I found that through a command prompt I can convert a drive from FAT32 to NTFS without losing data(see here). What I want to ask here is, how safe is this method on a 1.5 TB drive ...
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Is FAT32 the proper file system for this setup? Should I re-format it to another system?

XP Pro - SP3 - IBM Thinkpad T-60. I am going to use this 8Gig thumbdrive to store audio and video material as a back up. I will rarely use it. Should I re-format it to another system or is FAT 32 ...
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Format SD Card with FAT Filesystem

When you format a SD card you can specify whether you want to use FAT or FAT32. If you select FAT what does that actually use? Doesn't it have to be FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32?
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RW mounted usb drive regarded read-only by cp

Context Can any of you help me with the following, I've got a micro sd card inserted via a usb stick into my Compaq 8510w laptop running the latest Arch Linux (x86_64) release. I have a udev rule ...
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fatsort for Windows 7 [closed]

I've used a program in Linux called fatsort to reorder the directories on my USB flash drive so that my car stereo navigates folders in alphabetical order instead of random order. Is there any ...
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Snow Leopard won't see a FAT32 formatted hard disk

I have a WD external hard disk formatted as FAT32. It works perfectly on my Windows machine but when I'm trying to connect to my brand new MacBook it becomes totally invisible! Any ideas on what can ...
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How to convert NTFS to FAT32 in windows XP?

Currently all my 4 partitions are NTFS, how to convert one of them to FAT32 ?
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Mac Finder thumbnails on portable drives lost

It's a small but annoying glitch I'm experiencing. A recent convert from Win so there may be some Finder preference I'm not aware of? Issue: I plug my portable drive (500GB formatted as FAT32). ...
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Format an external hard disk to FAT32, only option showing is NTFS

I am trying to format an external hard disk to FAT32 (I need it to work with some hardware that expects it to be in FAT32). When I am trying to format it via Windows the only option get is to format ...
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Vantec NexStar NAS Enclosures - Writing large files

I have one of these 'Vantec NexStar LX - NST-475LX-BK' drive enclosures. It is a NAS device. When I write a file to the device using eSata, or a SMB share I cannot write files over 4GB. I think this ...
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Virtualbox for Mac OS X - using an external USB drive, which filesystem is ideal?

Assuming that I am NOT going to add NTFS drivers that allow read+write of NTFS partitions, I was wondering if the choice of filesystem when I partition an external USB drive matters. The choices ...
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Boot From USB Stick

I formatted a 16 GB USB Stick today so I could boot from it and that works great. The problem I have is it won't let me copy a 7GB Ghost image over to USB, it says there isn't enough space. When I ...
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Bootable backup of a Mac without an HFS+ disk?

How can I make a bootable backup of my Mac's internal hard drive to be restored using Disk Utility, without formatting my external destination drive as HFS+ (it's FAT32, of course)? Time Machine and ...
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Is there good FAT driver for FUSE? (Lightweight, not mountlo) [closed]

FUSE filesystem list show some FuseFat and FatFuse. Both are old, FatFuse is read-only , FuseFat is non-buildable and probably depends on glib. Now I'm using mountlo for the task (mounting USB drives ...
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How to convert exFAT to FAT32?

How to convert an exFAT-formatted USB flash drive to FAT32?