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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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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FAT32, Microsoft and 32GB limit [closed]

FAT32 supports drives up to 2TB. Does anyone know why Microsoft only supports FAT32 up to 32GB? I have a 64GB USB 3.0 thumb drive, and in order to format it FAT32, I had to download a third-party, ...
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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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Windows was unable to complete the format

Hi all I trying to format the memory card of mine but windows can't able to format it. I have tried for hours finding the solutions on the net but got nothing so far. Is there any way I can format my ...
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How is a file loaded in the FAT file system? [migrated]

I am developing a bootloader in x86 Assembly and I have a question about the FAT file system. Which steps are necessary to find and load the file?
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Convert FAT32 to NTFS, risk/time? [closed]

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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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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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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Assigning labels to unallocated space in HD in Windows 7 [duplicate]

I want to format an unallocated space of 60GB in my hard disk to fat32(for installing Linux) using the fat32format GUI as described in this page. But the problem is the windows disk manager doesn't ...
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Audio player corrupts USB stick: workaround?

Consumer radios, CD players, and car stereos often have a USB port, to play mp3's from a FAT32-formatted USB stick. However, some models don't just read files, they also corrupt files. How can such ...
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how to install windows 7 with size more than 4 GB using gpt usb and UEFI mode?

I know that, in order to install Windows 7 on my windows 8.1 laptop, I must disable secure boot then use the diskpart command to convert my USB disk to GPT and format it as fat32. I made every thing ...
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transferring files from MAC on an SD card to save onto NTFS EHD via PC

Can files that are loaded onto an SD card (format to FAT32) be transferred to the NTFS EHD if I do this through a PC?
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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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USB thumbdrive reported speed difference between NTFS and FAT32

I found this rather strange. I have a USB 3.0 thumdrive (ADATA UV128/16GB), which when formatted as NTFS, seems to report a much higher writing speed than when formatted as FAT32. For example, I ...
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Windows detects all flash drive file systems as RAW

My computer that's running Windows 7 detects all flash drive file systems as RAW, and thus shows an error message to format them as soon as they're plugged in. I tested all the flash drives in other ...
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Why am I ask “Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties?” when copying files from NTFS to a FAT drive?

I have an image file on my NTFS filesystem and get following message when I try to copy to my FAT32 drive: Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties? I cant find any ...
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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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Effects of Drag & Drop and Copy-Paste on FAT32 file table

I have a digital music changer that simulates a cd changer for my car radio. It can read mp3 files from an SD card, however the order of playback is determined "by time the file was copied to the SD ...
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On a FAT32 filesystem there was a file with ext2 filesystem image. Now it's truncated. How do I restore?

How do I restore ext2 filesytem that was stored on FAT32 volume in a file which got truncated? Is there analogue of reiserfs's --rebuild-tree option to restore filesystem from content?
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Win7 set my FAT32 USB key as read-only; can't format it

Today, I backed up some stuff from a Win7 before migrating to Ubuntu. In the middle of copying the files on my FAT32 USB key, Windows set the key as read-only. Now, I need to format the key to put a ...
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Why and when does a quick format to FAT32 write different structures to sector 0 on a USB flash drive?

Introduction: For a research project I am trying to write a bootloader to a USB flash drive. After some experimenting, I succeeded to do this. I would like to know how I can reproduce this. What I ...
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File inconsistency… doesn't appear in 'ls -a' but it exists?

I’ve run rsync (3.0.6) on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard )to backup a folder form an external hard drive (FAT32) to another external hard disk (FAT32). Somehow certain files (and at times they change!) ...
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Can I convert a partition from FAT to exFAT without losing data?

Is it possible to convert a partition from FAT to exFAT without having to transfer all the data off it and on it again? Linux tools would be the best, but Windows ones are fine too.
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How to convert Hierarchical File System (HFS) to FAT/NTFS?

I know how to change FAT32 to NTFS file system and vice-versa. But I am unaware of Hierarchical File System (HFS). So please tell me if anyone knows how to convert HFS to NTFS/FAT32 ? Thanks in ...
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Command line tool to edit FAT/FAT32 attributes on Mac OS X?

Is there a command line tool to edit the FAT/FAT32 attributes (hidden, system, read-only) on Mac OS X? The "chflags" command seems to apply specifically to HFS filesystems... Searching the web turns ...
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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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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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Get Access to all of the partitions of USB in Windows

I partitioned my USB into 3 partitions each of FAT32 , using software "gparted" in LINUX. So after succesfully partitioned , i tried in Windows PC, but only one of them is accessible. Is it ...
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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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Formatting FAT32 with 32KB cluster on Windows 8.1?

I'm lucky: I own a laptop only capable of running Windows Vista. I say this because I had to use said laptop to format an SD card to FAT32 wtih a 32KB cluster, something I found I'm unable to do using ...
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sdcard performance bottleneck

I have loaded my 4 GB FAT32 sdcard almost entirely with mp3 files. Now, I cannot remove none of them because "discovering items" never ends. Even command line tools last forever, including format e:. ...
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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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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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NTFS or FAT32? What's better if i dont share my files?

NTFS or FAT32? I am a domestic user and my computer is used only at home. (no pun there). I ve read somewhere that NTFS is better because it'd allow me to set different security for files in user/file ...
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Copy speed to usb flash drive very slow when partitioned as NTFS

So I have a 16GB Corsair Flash Voyager USB flash drive. I am on a fairly new install of Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1. I use the flash drive for one thing, watching things on my TV. I will copy ...
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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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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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Why flash drive has different capacity when formatted using FAT32 and NTFS?

I have a HP flash drive with 8 GB capacity. Recently I tried to copy a file larger than 4 GB to it(when the flash drive was empty) and got an error(saying something like "cannot copy, insert another ...
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Accidentally formatted ext4 partition

I have just formatted an ext4 partition to fat32 using gparted. I stupidly closed gparted before I realized that I might have been able to use the undo function. I am currently attempting file ...
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Windows 8: How much bad blocks are there in USB flash drive?

I have a USB flash drive. After using it for a year or so some blocks became unreadable. I formatted the drive in order these blocks to be marked as bad ones: Was they really marked and excluded ...
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my computer tells me that the volume does not contain a recognized file system. And its fat32

my computer tells me that the volume does not contain a recognized file system. And its fat32 i tried to reinstall win 7 from bootable external hard drive and now i've faced this problem, i was using ...
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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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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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I have a USB drive formatted as FAT32. How can I set its permissions in ubuntu 14.04?

I can read the files but can't write or change the permissions of a file I wanted.
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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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Slow for Small Files, Fast Big Files

My WD Harddisk has a problem so I had to replace it. anyway, i need to recover my data. I have windows 7 Pro. I used the old harddisk in external harddisk case (through USB cable) it takes very long ...
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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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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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Recover data from exFAT formatted HDD

I have a WD Elements 1TB HDD (originally with FAT32 system) which was mistakenly formatted (quickformat option) to exFAT file system using windows 7 format command. I primarily have personal photos, ...
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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 ...