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USB Drive Format for Reading/Writing 4GB+ Files on OSX and Windows

I am trying to settle on a drive file format which is compatible with OSX and Windows for reading/writing 4GB+ files. Linux support would be a bonus. Using FAT is a no go since it does not support ...
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I need to test USB performance with Ext2 and Ext3 filesystems [closed]

Any tool which gives exact speed and cpu usage information? Likely dd and hdparm tools. Ouput is likely to come as below links: ...
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843 views

Reformatting USB to support large files in Windows, Linux and Mac

I'm trying to copy a 5.3 GB file from hard disk to a USB 3.0 SanDisk 16 GB USB key. I've tried this both from OS X as well as from Linux. In both cases the file is partially copied and then the ...
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383 views

Recommended Settings To Format USB Sticks

I have always formatted USB sticks (aka flash or jump drives) to the default settings that Windows suggests. Do these settings provide the best performance? Under what situations should they be ...
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397 views

Two partitions on USB drive

I want to have two partitions on my USB drive. First one mainly for all files, I decided to be FAT32 because it works on Linux and Windows. Second one for my Linux Mint backup and private files, ...
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Files seem corrupted via USB, but device can play them

I have a portable media player with audio recording. I can play the files directly on the device, and navigate its folders using builtin controls. But if I attach it to a computer using a USB cable, ...
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130 views

Using USB drive in Windows and Linux properly

What is the proper way of using a USB hard drive or stick between Linux and Windows? (I'm using Linux Mint 14 and Windows XP on different machines) Should I set it up somehow so that all the files are ...
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What exactly happens when you “mount” a drive?

What underlying things happen when you mount a drive. Even when a drive isnt mounted, it is visible to the computer (such as sudo fdisk -l / diskutil -list). When a drive is mounted, is all that is ...
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USB pen drive not getting assigned anything in /dev/

dmesg | tail -f: [17597.228060] usb 1-1.3: new high-speed USB device number 11 using dwc_otg [17597.330548] usb 1-1.3: New USB device found, idVendor=18a5, idProduct=0300 [17597.330580] usb 1-1.3: ...
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Identifying Corrupt files in win7

I have some files on an external partition which appear to be corrupt/have bad sectors - ie when I try to copy them, the copy process hangs around forever without seeming to do anything. Unfortunately ...
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What exactly does the dd command do?

A few days ago I was delighted to find out that it's not all that difficult to write an iso image to a USB without the help of a third-party program explicitly designed to do so. But the command (or ...
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USB Virus, “Program too big to fit in memory”?

I got an installer for a piece of software via usb from a friend.Now what was weird was that although my friend and I had the same OS, same brand of laptop and I had a newer version (though I don't ...
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Why does an 8 GB and 16 GB USB drive have the same physical size but a different amount of storage? [closed]

In the market, you can get USB drives of different storage sizes. However, among the same brand, I found that those USB drives are physically the same. How can they achieve this? Is it that different ...
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Ext2 or Ext4 for bootable USB Flash-drive with Linux?

I want to install Ubuntu to a USB Flash drive (so I have my Desktop everywhere and can customize it as I want). I'm still choosing what's the best filesystem for the USB; Ext2 with no journaling or ...
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0answers
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Ext2 or Ext4 for bootable USB Flash-drive with Linux?

I want to install Ubuntu to a USB Flash drive (so I have my Desktop everywhere and can customize it as I want). I'm still choosing what's the best filesystem for the USB; Ext2 with no journaling or ...
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0answers
436 views

What's the best way to format an external HDD for both OSX and Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: External hard drive how to format it ? What filesystem to use when using both Windows and Linux? I have an external HDD (1TB) and I'd like to use it on OSX and ...
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2answers
761 views

DOD software to kill a usb device - Is the device recoverable?

So the company I work for are quite strict regarding software security. We're not allowed to use usb devices on pc's that are connected to the production network. There's some Department of Defense ...
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Boot From USB Stick

I formatted a 16 GB USB Stick today so I could boot from it and that works great. The problem I have is it won't let me copy a 7GB Ghost image over to USB, it says there isn't enough space. When I ...
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Strange loss of format on pen drive

here is an screenshot of my pen drive. The files are impossible to open, and the names have been replaced by strange characters. In Ubuntu is worst, the Windows system crash. What can I do to recover ...
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2answers
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How to change usb file system?

How to change the traditional file system of a usb flashdrive(fat32) into ntfs or other file system?
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3answers
7k views

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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3answers
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What is the best file system and allocation size for a USB flash drive?

I'm considering using my 4 GB Kingston DataTraveler USB stick to store my Firefox and Thunderbird profiles for my laptop and desktop PCs. I want to maximize performance when using Firefox. The ...
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Using UDF on a USB flash drive

After failing to copy a file bigger than 4G to my 8G USB flash drive, I formatted it as ext3. While this is working fine for me so far, it will cause problems if I want to use it to copy files to ...
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Is exFAT safe to unplug without unmounting first?

I'm hitting the 4GB limit of FAT32 on USB drives more and more often. However, being able to unplug the device without unmounting it first is a must have for me. I've noticed exFAT recently, however I ...
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5answers
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How can I format a USB “thumb drive” so it will be readable on OS X and Windows?

I have an OS X system. I want to use it to put some files on a USB drive and then be able to loan the drive to Mac and XP and Vista users so they can get the files off it. I also need to wipe the ...
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4answers
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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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ExtX file system on my usb key

if I format my usb key with an extX file system, copy some files on it and then give it to a friend for him to add files or modify existing one on this key, then he is rejected by its own system. ...
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Should I use VFAT or ext3 for a 1Tb external usb hard drive?

I have a 1 Tb USB external hard drive which I want to use to backup data from my home and office desktops (both running Linux). Should I format the drive (possibly split into a few partitions) as vfat ...