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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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 ...
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Are flash drives and hard drives thought of as “an ocean of bytes”?

Why can a USB Flash drive be formatted as NTFS or FAT32? Is the USB Flash Drive and Hard Drive just to be thought of as "an ocean of bytes"? I get very used to hearing formatting a hard drive as ...
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Which file system to choose from when formatting 1.5TB hard drive (hdd)

I plan to buy a 1.5TB hard drive soon. I would like to know which file system to choose from when I'm gonna format it. With FAT32, there is a limitation concerning the maximum file size (4GB) that ...
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Partitioning Ipod Classic 160gb

I want to make some partitions on my ipod,but i have been unable to. This is what i tried: Using windows 7 disk managment didnt allow Diskpart command line said :"File system doesnt support ...
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File inconsistency.. doesn't appear in 'ls -a' but it exists!

I'm really frustrated with this.. I run rsync 3.0.6 on OSX Snow Leopard to backup a folder form an external hdd (FAT32) to another external hdd (FAT32). Somehow certain files (and at times they ...
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USB drive not showing full size

I have a 4GB usb drive. Just now i have formatted it with fat filesystem. But after formatting its only showing 200MB instead of 4GB. I am using windows VISTA operating system. I am frightened. Can ...
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Drive writing problem [closed]

Ive a fat32 drive...when i save a file on it on linux . open it in windows the file is not visible...the space occupied by that file is also not accounted for...the vice versa is also true...any idea ...
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Maximum number of files in a FAT system

Is it true that in FAT filesystems the maximum number of files per filesystem equals the number of entries in the FAT table. And is it also true that in indexed filesystems the maximum number of files ...
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FAT filesystem analysis tool

I have a dump a FAT file system. Is there a windows tool I can use to analyse it, including: Provide basic information (sector size etc.) Validate the file system, basic corruption checking Allow ...
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how to correctly mount fat32 partition in Ubuntu in order to preserve case

I've found there are couple of problems might be related how my FAT32 partition was mounted. I hope you can help me to solve the problem. I also included the command I used to help others when they ...
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How to easily convert fat32 local disk to ntfs?

How to easily convert fat32 local disk to ntfs? Can I do it without formatting the local disk?
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Changing the size of a FAT32 partition? [closed]

The size of a FAT32 partition cannot be changed without activities associated with reformatting the disk. Explain why this is so.
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read and write permission for FAT32 partition in Ubuntu

This is a strange problem. I have the following partition table Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 1 13 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS ...
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How to change file creation time in the different file systems

Is there a tool that would allow me to change the file creation time and file modified time on a list of files? Must be able to work in the NTFS and FAT32 file systems.
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Copy directory from ext3 to FAT32 ignoring symlinks, pipes, etc

I'm trying to write a shell script in which I recursively copy a directory to a USB stick. I need the return value of the copy operation for error-checking purposes. I've tried cp -a /var/mydir ...
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frequent errors with subversion repository on fat32 on USB memory stick

I keep a copy of a Subversion Repository on a USB memory stick that is formatted with FAT32. I am using TortoiseSVN on XP and command line svn 1.6.x on Ubuntu and OSX with this memory stick. I notice ...
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Why can't I copy a 7 GB file to an external USB HD with 120 GB free?

Yes, why can't I? I was stashing away some old photography backup zips last night. I could copy 4 of my > 1 GB backup zips to my external USB connected hard-drive when I got the error message "Cannot ...
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What file system can be read/written by Vista and Mac OS X 10.5?

FAT32 was what I suggested, however that has a volume limit of 2TB, which we are quicky approaching. Is there any alternative that is reliable, with a minimum of modifications to either OS?
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Can you create multiple FAT partitions with Boot Camp?

Can you create multiple FAT partitions with Boot Camp? We have a single partition but it is filling up with data and we want to create a second partition. The first is the max size for FAT ...
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Create a shared FAT32 partition on Boot Camp MacBook

I have a MacBook set up with Boot Camp, and the XP partition is NTFS. The split is 50-50 and there is no unallocated space on the hard drive. I want to create a shared 50GB FAT32 partition for my ...
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Autounmounting USB keys with FAT filesystem on Linux (RHEL5)

For security reasons, I have two workstations i front of me, and I can only transfer data between them through a USB key. As you can imagine, it can get quickly tiresome, but the most annoying is ...
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Converting FAT32 to NTFS without formatting (server 2008)

I have a FAT32 partition in windows server 2008 machine. How can I convert the partition to NTFS without formatting? My intention is to resize the partition and add some more space to my primary ...
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Tranfer files larger than 5gb

I am trying to transfer a 6 GB file from one computer to another - I tried doing just a normal copy onto my external hard drive, but apparently FAT32 doesn't support files that large. Both computers ...
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Windows cannot read my 8GB MemoryStick M2 card

I tried inserting a M2 card I was using in my old phone into the memory stick reader on my Windows XP PC (using a M2 to MemoryStick adapter). But the drive comes up as unformatted, and the formatter ...
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Using Windows XP Professional SP3, how do I reformat an external hard drive as FAT32?

I'll soon be getting a new laptop with Windows Vista or Windows 7 and turning my current laptop into a Linux box. Since FAT32 works out of the box on both Windows and Linux machines and I've had some ...
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What filesystem to have on my USB-harddrive; FAT32 or NTFS?

This is a spin-off from another question I have regarding backup. I'm encountering trouble copying large files (above 4GB) to my USB HDD (same in english). I believe that this is a limitation with the ...