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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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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How to recover data from re-partitioned hard drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best undelete tool for NTFS/FAT? I have an external HDD that has been mistakenly re-partitioned and some data written on it. Previous Partitions were: 480GB NTFS + 20GB ...
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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)

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?
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Setting a mixed-case volume label for a FAT32 drive on Windows

When I try to set the volume label for my FAT32 USB drive the normal way (using Windows Explorer or Disk Management), the filesystem just makes the label uppercase when applying it. Is it possible at ...
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How Can I get a bit-perfect copy of a CF card?

Is there any way I can get a bit level copy of a Fat32 compact flash card? Like make an ISO of it or something?
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How to set default permissions for automounted FAT drives in Ubuntu 9.10?

I've got many FAT32 drives that I'd like to mount in Ubuntu such that they have permission mode 700 for directories and 600 for all other files. By default, they have 755 for all files, which is not ...
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Can't mount FAT32 drive under Ubuntu Linux

I have a 320GB USB drive with a single large FAT32 partition. The volume mounts perfectly fine on my Mac OS X 10.5.8 machine and Disk Utility on the mac reports no issues with the volume. I can ...
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Setting filesystem mounting umask on OS X

(Using Snow Leopard.) When I plug in a flash drive formatted with FAT32, the permissions on all files on the drive are set as 0666; between colored ls and my obsessive-compulsive nature, this is ...
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Best alternatives to recover lost directories in FAT32 external hard drive?

I have an 320 GB ADATA CH91 external hard drive. I guess it has some problems with the connector of the USB jack. The point is that in certain occasions it fails in write operations generating data ...
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Max files per directory on NTFS vol vs FAT32

What's the max number of files that can be present in a directory on a NTFS volume? Same question for a directory for FAT32 volume?
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How to create a filesystem mountable by windows in linux?

I have attached an external USB disk to my debian gnu/linux system. The disk showed up as device /dev/sdc, and I prepared it like this: created a single partition with fdisk /dev/sdc (and some more ...
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Will using FAT32 provide better pagefile performance than NTFS?

Is FAT32 faster than NTFS regarding pagefile performance? In http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938440.aspx, it says that FAT32 is faster when using smaller volumes. It is assumed that ...
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Convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data

I understand that you can convert a FAT32 drive to NTFS without formatting or backing up the data and later restoring - is the same thing possible in the other direction? I want to convert my NTFS ...
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4GB USB as 2 drives

I've got a 4GB USB flash drive and am trying to partition it. I'd like 2GB to be an OS (ChromeOS by Hexxeh), and the rest should be one FAT32 partition. Windows should recognize the FAT32 ...
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Into which file system should I format my flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cross-platform filesystem I want to reformat a my 2 Gb flash drive for cross-platform compatibility, but I don't know the difference between all the file systems. I know ...
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“Windows was unable to complete the format” - Can't format flashdrive!

I have a 8GB Sandisk Cruzer USB flash drive that I had ruined a while back trying to make it bootable. Anyway now when I click on it I get a message that it needs to be reformatted to be used. So when ...