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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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Why formatted flash memory has used space

I format my flash memory and select its file system format as FAT32 : And then take a look at the flash memory drive properties : As you see above, there is a 16KB used space. I change ...
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6answers
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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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2answers
85 views

Why does ubuntu linux insist on been installed on a ext partition and can it be installed on fat32 or NTFS?

Before i start don't lecture me on the fact that fat32 is old and hasn't been updated for nearly 20 years. Right now i have sorted that, I am trying to install ubuntu Linux on to a 64GB flash-drive ...
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3answers
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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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1answer
102 views

Easy2Boot not working with a exfat format

I am triying to multiboot a USB flash drive using Easy2Boot and it says: You can use FAT32 or NTFS (and with a few limitations an exFAT or ext2 formatted drive) But when I launch ...
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1answer
86 views

Best way to defragment hard drive? [closed]

I'm trying to understand how defragmenting works so I can write my own program to do it. I was considering have it iterate through the files on the hard drive and defragment them each seperately. ...
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2answers
81 views

What is the best format to format a hard-drive to [closed]

OK my question is what is the best format for a hard-drive. When I say best a mean: Compatibility with other OS other than windows. Ability for file compression and de-fragmenting. Speed and ...
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1answer
960 views

Can I copy files from NTFS to FAT32, and then open them using a FAT32 OS?

I have a Windows XP operating system disk that is NTFS formatted. The problem is that it is damaged but I can still access some of the files and data, only as a slaved drive. I have a Windows XP ...
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3answers
765 views

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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3answers
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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 ...
3
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2answers
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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 ...
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1answer
255 views

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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1answer
509 views

How to resolve daylight saving time discrepancy when copying files from camera to HDD?

When copying files from the SDHC card of the camera to a local HDD for storage, I find that sometimes the modified time of files is a hour different. I believe this is because the SDHC card uses ...
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1answer
110 views

NTFS vs FAT file system on XP or later, any usage stat?

I'm working on a backup application (something like dropbox, only for different market and different purpose), For this, I need to reliably track changes made to file system. Because of the way ...
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2answers
356 views

Can I convert a fat32 disk image to NTFS, and how?

I have just imaged a FAT32 disk drive on a NTFS disk drive. I'm aware I could have imaged on a FAT32 HDD and convert it later, but I figured it out too late and I'm trying to save processing time (I ...
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2answers
306 views

convert FAT and NTFS without data loss

Which one of these filesystem format conversions will keep the data on disk, and which will require backup, reformat, and restore? FAT32 to NTFS FAT32 to FAT16 NTFS to FAT32 NTFS to FAT16 Note: I ...
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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 ...
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1answer
767 views

UEFI bootloader

Issue is that EFI systems only allow you to boot using FAT32. I have to deploy multiple images of Windows 8. My WIM image is larger than 4GB and unable to transfer to a FAT32 partition. I've been ...
2
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1answer
2k views

Linux - Convert FAT32 to NTFS without loss data

I have an external USB hard disk (300GB) in FAT32. The question is how can I convert the type FAT32 to NTFS without loss my data. I have 250 GB of data stored in my disk. I was trying to do that in ...
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1answer
991 views

CMD Using DIR to order directories by name

I'm using the following command to list files including those in sub-directories ordered by name. dir /b/s/on The files are correctly ordered within their given directories but the directories are ...
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1answer
712 views

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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1answer
199 views

Merging HFS and FAT32 leaving Boot Camp NTFS intact

I have three partitions -- one for Lion, one NTFS that boots Windows XP, and a third one that is FAT32, originally intended to be partition that can share data between OS X and Windows (this is the ...
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2answers
185 views

Drive system file size

When i made a new drive it take some space for system file FAT32 take the less space, then NTFS, then ext4 my question how to know the space will be taken for the system before make the drive, if the ...
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2answers
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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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0answers
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How to format External Western Digital hard disk when all NTFS boot sectors cannot be written to

I want to format my external hard drive which is a Western Digital 500GB, through cmd dos command. But it fails because all NTFS boot sectors are not writable. Here are the commands I gave and what I ...
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6answers
4k views

1TB NTFS to FAT32 Drive too big?

I have just tried to change the format a 1tb NTFS drive to fat32 and I'm getting a message that the drive's too big. Can anyone help?
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4answers
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Can I store a Windows NTFS system image to a non-NTFS drive?

My external drive is FAT32 formatted so I can access its files from any operating system. Windows 7's built-in system image feature doesn't allow backing up to this drive. Are there programs that can ...
2
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4answers
3k views

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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2answers
275 views

Converting FAT32 to NTFS

I am using Windows 7 and my hard drive has four partitions. One of the partition, F, contains all my source code of projects. Over time, this partition has become fragmented and slow. This partition ...
2
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4answers
5k views

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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1answer
1k views

WinXP: Is NTFS appropriate for SSDs?

I've just bought an SSD (SLC 32GB PATA) for my old laptop and now I have to decide which file system to use for each partition. I'm goint to need two partitions: one for the OS installation and the ...
2
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4answers
6k views

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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1answer
183 views

Which file date for which purpose

In windows a file contains of many dates (timestamps). In explorer I can select at least 10 Columns containg dates. Is there an explanation of the different date columns, when and how they will be ...
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0answers
769 views

Convert external USB to FAT32 to NTFS, error 490@01010004

I'm trying to run: convert I: /fs:NTFS /X on my portable USB hard disk (500GB Freecom XXS), which is currently FAT32 (to enable support for files larger than 4GB, mainly) but it keeps erroring out ...
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2answers
446 views

Fat32 incorrectly converted to NTFS

I had a FAT32 partition, and I run the following command: C:\USERS\USER1\CONVERT D: /FS: NTFS Not run this command, but asked me to reset my computer. I reset my computer. CHKDSK first startup, ...
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3answers
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Aligning NTFS to 4kB boundaries

I have an old laptop and I need to convert FAT32 partition to NTFS format. I've read two articles about formatting to NTFS and then about aligning partitions to 4kB boundaries (see links below). My ...
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1answer
336 views

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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4answers
729 views

If I don't have an external storage device, can I still install Mac Snow Leopard from an ISO image?

The only external device I have to transfer my ISO image to from my MAC's hard drive is an empty NTFS-formatted external drive (which, I just realized, I could potentially format to FAT32). But is ...
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5answers
834 views

How do I convert a NTFS partition to FAT32 safely?

I am using Windows XP now. Is there any way to convert a NTFS partition to FAT32 safely? A simple solution that doesn't involve backing everything up would be better.
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2answers
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Convert FAT32 to NTFS, risk/time?

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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4answers
5k views

How to convert NTFS to FAT32 in windows XP?

Currently all my 4 partitions are NTFS, how to convert one of them to FAT32 ?
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7answers
4k views

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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2answers
29k views

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?
3
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3answers
5k views

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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4answers
39k views

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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1answer
1k views

Into which file system should I format my flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cross-platform filesystem I want to reformat a my 2 Gb flash drive for cross-platform compatibility, but I don't know the difference between all the file systems. I know ...
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3answers
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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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1answer
319 views

Are flash drives and hard drives thought of as “an ocean of bytes”?

Why can a USB Flash drive be formatted as NTFS or FAT32? Is the USB Flash Drive and Hard Drive just to be thought of as "an ocean of bytes"? I get very used to hearing formatting a hard drive as ...
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3answers
792 views

Which file system to choose from when formatting 1.5TB hard drive (hdd)

I plan to buy a 1.5TB hard drive soon. I would like to know which file system to choose from when I'm gonna format it. With FAT32, there is a limitation concerning the maximum file size (4GB) that ...