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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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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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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Is exFAT FAT64?

I conducted a quick Google search and realized that some people are referring to exFAT as FAT64. Is exFAT just another name for FAT64?
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If FAT32 has a 4 GB file size limit how was I able to copy my 13 GB iPhoto Library file onto this drive?

It's a 32 GB FAT32 USB thumb drive, and it seems to be having no trouble with my 13 GB iPhoto Library file. I thought there was a 4 GB file size limitation on this file system format?
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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 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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Does Windows 8 have to be installed on NTFS?

Does Windows 8 need to be installed on an NTFS partition or does it just like to be on one? If I installed it on NTFS and then copied all its files on to a FAT32 partition would it work or would it ...
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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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How to make a file non-deletable on an USB drive?

Somebody used my USB drive and upon returning it to me, I found a autorun.inf that is undeleteable. I tried changing it's file attribute which is only H (not even set as a system file) but it keeps on ...
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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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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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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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How do I save 4 GB+ files on a FAT32 flash drive? [duplicate]

I have a 6 GB file that I want to move to my flash drive. The only problem is that the limitations of FAT32 prevent me. I would like to avoid NTFS. I also can't use exFAT because I would then have ...
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How can I reformat microSD cards that were created read-only?

My company was burning some microSD cards (4000 of them) and the multi burning machine we were using gives us the option to make the microSD read-only. I didn't know this was possible, but ...
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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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FAT filesystem - bad superblock

Last night my android phone said it can't read the SD card and it wanted to format it. I pulled it out, put it in a card reader and tried to mount it on my desktop pc: $ sudo mount /dev/sdb1 tmp [...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 to format to FAT32 under Windows 8?

How to format to FAT32 under Windows 8? Formatter applet shows only NTFS and exFAT. Is exFAT the same as FAT32 with some paramters?
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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How do I tell between FAT16 and FAT32 USB? (Windows)

How can I tell if my USB stick is formatted as FAT16? Windows 7 Disk Management says that my USB stick is a FAT volume. But it doesn't say whether it's FAT16 or FAT32. I opened the Property window ...
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How to reorder the files of a FAT32 file system? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to reorder folders? (as displayed in ls -U) How to physically reorder files 03.mp3 01.mp3 02.mp3 (ls -f) in a directory? I know this sounds a bit strange, but for ...
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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 read/...
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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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Create a protected folder on USB Stick

I like to have a protected folder on my USB stick with my name in it, so if someone finds it, they can return it to me. There will be no data inside, it's just a named folder on top of all other data. ...
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What is the Linux equivalent of FAT and how does it relate to block devices?

New to Linux and am having a tough time understanding some basic OS concepts. What is the Linux version of FAT, and how does it relate to these so-called "blocks" or block devices?
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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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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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Criteria for low disk space warning on XP?

According to this article, it says the low disk space warning appears when there is less than 200MB of disk space. However, I find this not to be the case. Two test examples: 1) I create a 3GB ...
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(How) does deleting open files on Linux and a FAT file system work?

It's clear to me how deleting open files works on filesystems that use inodes - unlink() just decreases the link count to zero, and when the last file handle to the file is closed, the inode will be ...
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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 ...
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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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How can I format an SD card with a more robust Linux-usable filesystem with a specific cluster size for better write performace?

Goal: microSD card formatted... for best write performance for use only with embedded Linux for better reliability (random power failures may occur) using an 64kB cluster size I'm using an 8GB ...
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Copy files from FAT32 to NTFS, preserving date

I have a FAT32 flash drive full of old archived emails, and their creation/modification date is important because it represents when the email was received. I'm trying to copy these over to another ...
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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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How much data storage capacity will be lost converting from FAT32 to NTFS?

I want to convert my 1TB (931GB) and 2TB (1.81TB) external hard drives from FAT32 to NTFS file system to support larger files. I've done some research on how to do it but before I decide if I should ...