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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Unable to create system image: One of volumes specified for backup is invalid

Having rebuilt my laptop from a Windows 8.1 sys-prepped image, then spent a day adding additional applications, I want to create a system image to speed up any future rebuilds. However, when I ...
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changing a ntfs disk to fat32 without farmating and removing the disk

I have a external hard drive that is full of data and i need all of it . I need to change it from ntfs to fat32. Is there any application that lets me change it without formatting and even ...
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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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Compatibility with FAT32 using 1024 sector size

On an embedded system, we are using FAT32 with 512 sector size on SDCard. We will be writing files of 800k and need to do this quickly. Our filesystem code writes in blocks of 512 to the SDCard ...
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Why am I asked “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 the following message when I try to copy to my FAT32 drive: Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties? I can't find any ...
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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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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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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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How to do UEFI+GPT with a iso file greater than 4GB

As I understand the only way I can reformat my laptop which is gpt+uefi by default is if I crate a bootable usb that is also gpt+uefi. However the image file that I have is greater than 4GB and RUFUS ...
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Linux USB Key - Only able to boot when formatted to FAT (Gigabyte motherboard)

I am able to a USB bootable memory stick (My motherboard is a Gigabyte EP31-DS3L see Fig 2) using either Universal USB Installer or unetbootin if I have formatted the drive before hand to FAT see Fig ...
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NTFS vs FAT32 Popularity (Dec '15) [closed]

Are there any publicly-available data on what file system PC users' home drives are formatted to? I'm only really interested in Windows, but broader stats will likely take into account Windows' market ...
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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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Windows 10 boot error

I recently created a bootable USB it using Rufus on a Windows 10 laptop in order to install Windows 10 add alongside Ubuntu for a dual boot on my desktop. I created the USB in Fat32 format. My empty ...
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How to access FAT32 HDD in Linux

I have this FAT32 HDD that I would like to access but everytime I get this error message: Unable to Access "Windows C:" The drive is either corrupted, inaccessable or uses an unsupported ...
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Benefits of converting Data partition from NTFS to FAT32

Desktop PC with internal SSD is running Windows XP SP3 and partitioned as below. Over time I've come to learn that NTFS does many more read/write operations than FAT32 thus possibly reducing the ...
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MacBook Pro takes hours to recognize FAT32 external hard drive

My MacBook pro consistently takes hours to recognize a FAT32 (ms_dos) external hard drive. I have the same issue on a 2015 MacBook Air. The drive has 500G capacity and is connected via USB (no ...
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Used space on an “empty,” formatted flash drive

I recently purchased a SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 16GB USB 2.0 flash drive. The flash drive was formatted as FAT32 from the package. I will need to store files that are larger than 4GB on this flash drive, ...
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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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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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USB Drive Format NTFS Vs FAT32?

Please can anyone explain the Pro's and Con's of Formatting your USB drive in NTFS format or FAT32 format and vice versa ? Please highlight any advantages of one format over the other . Keeping in ...
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Windows Phone WPSystem folders “security ID structure is invalid”

Background: I have an audio recording program on my Windows Phone (8.1). It stores its recordings in a private app data folder. For the longest time I've been trying to get to those files (and all ...
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Why is FAT32 limited to just under 2^28 clusters?

With FAT16 the maximum partition size is 2GB when your maximum cluster size is 32K. This is calculated by multiplying the number of addressable units by the cluster size. (216 Allocation units) * ...
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Why does FAT32 only use 28-bits for addressing?

I was reading Why is FAT32 limited to 8 TiB? The answer to that question was that 4 bits were reserved "for future use". What advantage is there in reserving these bits? Surely register size, ...
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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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“Convert” NTFS EFI partition to FAT32

I want to convert NTFS EFI Partion to Fat32. I tried to install windows 10 on my windows 8.1 but unfortunately made some mistake and now I am middle of something that I am getting error while ...
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Need help retrieving FAT32 partition from an unallocated portion of and external HD

I was going to create a liveusb out of my external HD, as indicated in the archwiki, using the dd command, except I didn't know what the result of the command would be. I then realized that it ...
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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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NTFS or FAT32? What's better if I don't 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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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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Create advertising folder on usb stick [duplicate]

I want create advertising folder on USB stick. Therefore I want to unable user from removing it. even if they format it. It is possible?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...