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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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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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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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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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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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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How Much Space Do Empty Files Consume?

Windows reports both, empty files and folders, as taking up 0 bytes. Surely it takes something to store the file name, attributes, date [created/modified/accessed] etc. How is this weighted?
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How to create multiple partitions on a USB pen drive

I would like to be able to create 2 partitions on my USB pen drive: 1 readonly (cdrom) partition, and 1 writable partition (FAT32). What I have tried so far with no success: Using /sbin/gparted on ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Doesn't metadata occupy any size?

I put 4096 characters in a text file and save it.Since every character is 1 byte, Size of the text file must be 4K byte.As you see below that's OK: I connect my flash memory to my computer. the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Restoring MBR, partition table, and boot sector of memory card without data loss (“USBC”)

Abstract I have a FAT32 memory card that when inserted into a computer causes Windows to prompt to format it. The card is definitely not supposed to be blank and has a bunch of files on it. Symptoms ...
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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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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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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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How to convert exFAT to FAT32?

How to convert an exFAT-formatted USB flash drive to FAT32?
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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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“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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Windows 8: Cannot access external drives. “Location is not available” “Access is Denied”

Background Information Our office is running a pilot of Windows 8 on a 100 machines. As I've been using Windows 8 at home since the Consumer Preview, I put my name into the pilot. My laptop was due ...