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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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Virus effect on flash drive filesystem (FAT)

I've found viruses on my flash drive, but curing with antivirus didn't solved the consequences. All files and directories on the drive became links (*.lnk files) pointing to a not existing executable ...
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Why does it take so long time to permanently delete files from a USB memory?

I'm deleting a Python installation folder (12000 files, 256 MB) from a USB flash memory from Windows. It is currently expected to take 40 minutes. Why? I thought it would be enough to change a couple ...
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How to format pendrive from fat32 to ext3 in windows7?

I am trying to make a live USB of OPHCRACK, and I tried to boot from a fat32 pendrive. But after making a live USB, it wouldn't boot. After searching awhile, I came to understand that ophcrack will ...
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1answer
311 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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1answer
2k views

Canot format MicroSD. File system is read-only

I formatted it for my special needs some time ago using fdisk. Don't remember the partition table, but there was 1 fat32 and 1 ext4 partition. Now I want to format it fat32 clean, but I get the ...
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1answer
51 views

In/out-error, lost document

I had a document in a folder on a flash drive, and when I went to open it, it was nowhere to be found. Initially I thought it was something wrong with the USB stick where the folder was located, but ...
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What File System to Use for 64gb Thumbdrive in Linux

I have a 64 GB thumbdrive that I would like to use on a CentOS 5.4 Linux machine that does not seem to support NTFS. What file system should I format it as? I want to be able to use this thumbdrive in ...
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How to create a cross-platform traveler disk with TrueCrypt

I need to create a file-based TrueCrypt volume in a 32GB USB pendrive. If I wanted to access my files in offline computers, I'd need to include the TrueCrypt executable in the pendrive as well. I'd ...
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1answer
75 views

Cloning flash drive while preserving empty space

I'm working with an industrial PC running Windows XP embedded. The PC has a 2GB compact flash memory which acts as main drive. I would like to clone the 2GB flash memory to a card with 8GB space. How ...
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USB Stick, how to minimize risk of data corruption or data loss

I have encountered several USB sticks with a corrupted filesystem in only 2 years. In a Windows-only environment (Vista and newer), what can be done to reduce the chance of filesystem corruption and ...
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1answer
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Increasing the size of casper-rw file system for USB installation of Ubuntu

USB flashdrive install of a live-linux distribution using a casper-rw filesystem. Both the Windows and Ubuntu installation programs to install a downloaded ISO file to the USB stick use a casper-rw ...
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Did I screw up my USB stick? And if not, how can I fix it?

Basically, I am doing various tests with Linux/BSD and USB booting at the moment. I had a live CD for a firewall that offered to partition a (hard) disk. I tried to use my flash drive for this - It ...
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2answers
523 views

Retrieving data from a Pendrive not containing file system

My friend gave me a pendrive with important data on it(did not do backup) to retrieve. When we connect pendrive to USB I get the message: The volume does not contain a recognized file system and ...
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2answers
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How can I format my portable hard drive as NTFS?

I have a Transcend flash drive formatted as FAT32. I tried to format it as NTFS, with allocation unit size as 64K. After a few minutes, I got a message saying: The format did not complete ...
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Best filesystem for running linux off flash drives [closed]

Most other questions here close to this topic are either for SSDs, or ReadOnly usb live images. I'd like opinions on Read-Write usb images. I pretty much installed Fedora18 on a 16GB USB3 pen drive ...
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2answers
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Why is that when i format my pen drive with fat 32 file system, i get more space to work with? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is the effective hard drive size lower than the actual size? I have a 16 gb pen drive. when i formatted it with fat32..i got 14.8 gb to work with...while using ntfs ...
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1answer
336 views

I/O errors on pendrive - what may cause them? (maybe a bad sector)

When I use a pendrive with Ubuntu, it sometimes disconnects. I looked in syslog and I found I/O error, dev sdb, sector 31159048, so I suppose it's a bad sector. How can I fix it? Here's a full log of ...
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How to make my SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4GB disk back to normal?

Currently, my SanDisk Cruzer Blade 4GB have become a 64MB Firebird RAW flash drive (thumb drive). I don't know why it become like this but when I plug it into a PC, it suddenly transform itself to ...
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1answer
616 views

Copying to Pendrive freezes at 100%

I have a Sandisk Cruzer Blade 16 GB pendrive with me. Previously I had 4 GB Transcend. I had copied number of file >700MB into Trancend without any problem. But Now, when I try to copy a 700Mb media ...
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1answer
798 views

Filesystem for Linux OS on cheap thumb-drives (liveusb)

Simple version: what filesystem (or more complex setup, perhaps) is best for use on a liveusb system? LiveUSB system with filesystem directly on the drive, not one with compressed system image a-la ...
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1answer
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TrueCrypt - Large Files

I am encrypting a USB drive with TrueCrypt. It asks me if I am going to store files larger than 4gb: Does this make any difference (apart from being able to store files larger than 4gb on the ...
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1answer
258 views

USB pen drive Defragmentation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I recover files from an USB flash drive? My friend got a HP 16GB USB pen drive. The problem is, he defragmented it. Now when we are connecting that device, its ...
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1answer
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Fix bad sectors on flash memory

I have a flash disk possibly with bas sectors. When I try to copy data to it, it works fine until somewhere around 460Mb, and then the files start getting corrupted. The corruption happens only when I ...
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1 GB space left, even after formatting a 16 GB flash drive?

My 16 GB USB flash drive (SanDisk Cruzer SDCZ36-016G BL1008OFZB) got corrupted and I was going to format it, when I saw the setting for size only had one element in its dropdown menu: 1.00 GB. ...
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1answer
798 views

What's the technical reason why exFAT gives longer life expectancy to flash drives, than NTFS?

I might not have searched around really hard enough the answer of this, my question, but I really would like to know why.
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Windows 7 ReadyBoost - What File System To Use With Flash Card/Drive?

NTFS, exFAT or FAT32? I know that FAT32 has a limit of 4GB transfer per file, but is it faster and better than NTFS or exFAT? Since Windows 7 by itself uses NTFS, it remains logical to format flash ...
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1answer
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Is it possible to install a distro using a DVD image and a pendrive?

I have a 8 GB flash drive and a 4.3 GB DVD iso (openSUSE-11.3) Is it possible to use the flash drive to install the linux? Pendrive linux universal USB installer formats it to Fat32 which limits the ...
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2answers
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Can I protect a file from being copied off my flash drive?

I have one flashdrive that contains serveral files type. (.mp3, .doc, .bnl) I need to protect another user to copy file .bnl out of my flashdrive. They just look and open only. For other file types, ...
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4answers
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How can I Install Linux on flash disk with NTFS filesystem?

I would like to install Linux (Ubuntu) on a Flash disk with NTFS partition and boot from flash disk, is it possible? If yes, how could I do this?
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Actual danger posed by surprise removal of NTFS volumes?

I've seen a lot of warnings to always use the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the notification area (a.k.a. "system tray") before disconnecting a drive formatted as NTFS, implying dire consequences ...
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4answers
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DVD RW: Are they still relevant for backups? [closed]

With the availability of compact USB memory sticks with much, MUCH higher storage capacities is there still any use-case for taking periodic, incremental backups on DVD/RWs? The DVD/RW has an ...
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Which filesystem is appropriate for formatting an USB-stick and install an operation-system?

I have installed my linux-system on a USB-stick. That works well, I can use it on different computers. I used ext4 as filesystem and ask myself it this is the best choice. Which file-system is best ...
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1answer
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Repair Flash Disk

i have a flash disk, which i somehow **ed doing some formatings and all... now it doesnot work... it is loaded but i cannot copy any files to it and inside there is a large 3.85 GB file with no ...
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Driver for writing to UDF partitions from Windows XP?

I'm considering using an UDF partition to share data between Windows XP, 7, and Linux. It's more efficient than FAT32, and avoids the 4GB max file size limit. I've found it will also work with Mac OS ...
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1answer
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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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3answers
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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 to create a filesystem mountable by windows in linux?

I have attached an external USB disk to my debian gnu/linux system. The disk showed up as device /dev/sdc, and I prepared it like this: created a single partition with fdisk /dev/sdc (and some more ...
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1answer
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Why doesn't “Disk Utility.app” recognise my `dd`-copied disk?

Short Summary Version of the Question Why, when I try to copy an ISO CD image onto a USB flash device, do I get a lot of weird behaviours? Original Version of the Question, with all the details ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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What filesystems can an Airport Extreme read?/write?

As a follow-up to this question, which fileystems can the Apple Airport Extreme interface wih via the usb port? NTFS seems to be out, and FAT32 and HFS+ both seem to be in. Can anyone confirm that? ...
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Can Airport Extremes handle NTFS external drives?

I've got an Airport Extreme and an external USB Hard Drive formatted with NTFS. (And a LAN of Windows XP Machines.) The drive works perfectly when connected directly to a PC. When it's connected to ...
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726 views

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
7k views

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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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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4answers
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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
2k views

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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3answers
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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 ...