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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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FAT32 file entry accumulation after deletion

I'm working on an embedded system that reads from a FAT32 formatted SD card. While reading articles about the file system, something came to my mind about what happens to the directory entry when the ...
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Does Windows 10 track which storage devices are connected to it?

Does Windows 10 keep a log or history of USB storage devices that are connected to it? For example, if I connect a USB drive to my Windows 10 computer and access some files on a USB drive with it, is ...
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USB flash drive doesn't work properly after making it bootable

I burned Raspbian buster lite on my USB drive. Now I can only use it as storage. I can see the USB flash drive and I can copy on it, but it doesn't accept any burning tool anymore. What I have tried: ...
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UEFI does not recognize 32 MiB FAT32 EFI system partition

During the installation of Parrot on a VirtualBox machine, I manually created a 32 MiB partition (since I don't intend to multi-boot or upgrade the VM, that's way more than enough for the single OS) ...
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How to properly expand /boot FAT partition (for Arch Linux)

This post is actually a continuation of this GParted answer. I was trying to update/upgrade my Arch dual-boot with Windows, but my /boot partition was too small (100MB). So I expanded it with 1GB via ...
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MicroSDHC cannot be formatted, deleted, only read [duplicate]

I have a MicroSDHC SanDisk Ultra (Red Grey) with 10 Speed Class, UHS-I Bus Interface, and 16GB Size Storage. I put this on the SanDisk Adapter to connect it on PC (Windows 10) and it is readable. But ...
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What is the minimum size of a 4k native partition when formatted with FAT32?

According to Microsoft: For Advanced Format 4K Native drives (4-KB-per-sector) drives, the minimum size is 260 MB, due to a limitation of the FAT32 file format. The minimum partition size of FAT32 ...
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If FAT32 is limited to 2^28 clusters, why can't I format a 250GB partition with a 1K cluster size?

The maximum number of clusters allowed under FAT32 is about 268,435,455 (2^28). A 250GB partition requires 488,397,168 512-byte sectors, which with a 1K cluster size would mean about 243,245,000 ...
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Why does fsck.vfat throw “Contains a free cluster (8). Assuming EOF.”?

I am experiencing a strange edge case where mounted VeraCrypt volume mounts and becomes read-only on Tails. Running fsck.vfat reveals cluster error with a folder called “Monero”. Trying to debug error…...
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SD card will not format to FAT32 using command line or formatter tools [duplicate]

I have an SD card that was being used in my dashcam in my car. I ran out of space while it was filming and the file became corrupted. Now, I can't format SD card no matter what I do. If I delete the ...
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Corrupted USB (can't format)?

I have a fairly new usb key which has been used both in FAT32 and NTFS. Last time i was able to use it was NTFS and connected to a raspberry pi 4. I'm quite sure i unplugged it without unmounting. Now ...
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Difference vfat and fat

I would like to format a USB Stick, but can't tell if the proper command is mkfs.vfat [device] or mkfs.fat -F32 -I [device]. I've seen both, but what is the difference between vfatand fat? they're ...
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Is it possible to format a 512GB mirco SD card as FAT32

Is it possible to format a 512GB mirco SD card as FAT32 ? My understanding is that generally speaking you cant format a drive larger than 32GB as FAT32, but i recall there are work arounds for this, ...
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Same file system but different hardware abstraction confusion

I still don't fully grasp how file systems work deep down. For example, I have both a hard disk drive and a Flash USB stick connected to my Linux or Windows computer. I'm presented with options of ...
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Resize filesystem on Windows boot partition using linux

I recently installed Windows and Arch linux on dual boot. I left 512MB of empty space for windows to create the boot partition in, but it only used 100MB. Now I need more space in the boot partition ...
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Weird file on my flash drive?

I was using a FAT32 formatted flashdrive on Ubuntu earlier, and when I booted into Windows 10 (cuz yes, I have a dual-boot setup), there was an extra file on the drive. Here's what it said: Filename: ...
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Why does dosfsck truncate files?

I'm having a quite well known issue, but unfortunately I have a little lack of knowledge here and hope to find a better insight here. So, I have a corrupt USB stick with a FAT32 file system. I made a ...
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Why do I get "dirty bit is set" when renaming mounted VeraCrypt volume using fatlabel?

Once mounted using VeraCrypt, I run sudo fatlabel /dev/mapper/tcrypt-**** foo. $ sudo fatlabel /dev/mapper/tcrypt-**** foo 0x25: Dirty bit is set. Fs was not properly unmounted and some data may be ...
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Windows doesn't update after installing Linux as dual boot

I have a windows 10 I installed linux (ubuntu) and boots with grub, I believe the reason windows doesn't update is because it doesn't boot using windows bootloader so it reverts the attempted updates ...
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FAT32 and exFAT, which file timestamps are supported?

is it true that the FAT32 only supports these file timestamps? Creation time (birth time) Modified time Change time Access time does not exist on FAT32. With exFAT all 4 timestamps are supported: ...
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Did I just nuke my drive while doing a FAT32 to NTFS conversion?

I got a 2TB external HDD which was pre-formatted as FAT32. I had assumed exFat and did not bother to check until I ran into the 4GB limit error and realized it was FAT32. As a last stop, I ran a ...
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Issue booting Win10 with UEFI (new PC build)

I just built a PC (specs below) and I’m having a rough time creating a bootable Windows OS USB from my Mac. I think it’s because UEFI requires FAT32 (not exFat and NTFS). The only version of Windows ...
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Can't boot from aomei uefi boot stick

I am not able to boot from my previously used legacy aomei boot stick since our new notebooks are uefi only. So I tried creating a new uefi boot stick. Unfortunately I was/am not able to see any ...
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Why is the maximum volume of a FAT partition dependent on cluster size we choose?

For example: The maximum volume is 8 TiB (with 32 KiB clusters) and 16 TiB (64 KiB clusters)
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SD card suddenly locked

I have a strange thing going on, and would like to know understand how this works, and how this can happen. I've been struggling a long time with it. I use an SD card Formatted at FAT32 4096 cluster ...
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Corrupted FAT32 reinterpret file as folder

I am trying to recover data from a corrupted FAT32 filesystem. It was so severely damaged that it reinterpreted some files as folder contents. For instance, instead of a file names "FILE.DOC"...
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Creating bootable usb of windows

I've been trying to create a bootable usb of windows 7 setup to do a clean installation on my laptop.I have a 32 GB Sandisk USB (3.0) and my hard drive is GPT. At first, I used Rufus in MBR partition ...
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Fat32 and NTFS, and bootable USB (Kubuntu)

I have been trying to install Kubuntu on my Acer that has Windows 10 using a bootable USB. When i go into the install page, it informs me what formatting i want to do. I want to know if i should ...
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How to format a usb flash drive to make it accept files larger 4gb?

What can I do to make a usb flash drive accept files larger 4gb? I noticed that some do not allow storing for single file larger 4gb. Is it about the format of the pendrive? Instead of FAT32 it should ...
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How long would an SD Card using NTFS last in comparison to one using FAT32

I'm looking to use a 512GB SD card to expand my laptop storage and I've seen everywhere that an SD Card using NTFS will more quickly use up its write cycles because of journaling. How exactly does ...
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Error loading EFI module from EFI System Partition

I've create ESP image as follows: dd if=/dev/zero of=esp.img count=$((0x60000)) bs=1 mkfs.fat esp.img mount esp.img /mnt mkdir -p /mnt/EFI/BOOT cp bootx64.efi /mnt/EFI/BOOT I've copied the image to ...
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Format a USB disk on PURE FAT32, one partition only, on a Mac

There are other questions on SO about this, but not asking what I want. I do not want to know how to format an external FAT32 disk from terminal, because this can be done by typing this: sudo ...
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Using Linux and dd to clone a FAT32 Windows partition to another, larger disk

PROBLEM: I currently have a 4GB disk with a single primary FAT32 partition that has Windows 98SE installed. The disk is almost full and I want to move the partition over to a larger 8GB disk. ...
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why did my computer come with FAT16 partition for EFI boot?

I recently got an Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu 14.04 pre-installed. From the factory, it has 4 partitions: FAT16 boot 47.x MB FAT32 microsoft data 1.x MB ext4 Ubuntu 14.04 5.x MB swap Using ...
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I am having problems saving several files totaling over 4gb on FAT32 drive

So after reading about FAT32, I understood that you can't download a file greater than 4gb on FAT32. I am fine with that. But here is the problem I am having. I have a 1.9tb thumb drive that I am ...
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How long should format /FS:FAT32 take on a 1.5TB drive?

I realize formatting of drives can take a large amount of time, but I haven't formatted a drive in literally "forever" (probably not since Windows XP or Windows 2000). I have a 1.5TB external HDD (...
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The working of the mount command and the FAT12 filesystem

I was experimenting around with filesystems in linux. I want to understand a few issues. Here are the commands that I have used: truncate disk.img -s 1M mkfs.vfat -F12 -S512 -s1 disk.img #I have ...
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Windows detected that the EFI system partition was formatted as NTFS

Current Setup /dev/sda - Secondary internal disk (despite the a). /dev/sda1 - Old ESP, not actually used. /dev/sda2 - An unused Linux, for backup purposes. /dev/sda3 - Swap partition. /dev/sda4 - ...
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Making a specified FAT12 filesystem using mkfs command

I am currently doing some OS development on a Linux machine. In the process I want to create a FAT12 filesystem on a file (Eg. Disk.img). I use the mkfs command as follows: touch Disk.img truncate ...
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What are the "hidden sectors" in the output of the `file` command for partitions containing FAT32?

I have divided an external USB hard drive in two partitions using GParted. Both are primary partitions formatted as FAT32 and have the same size (500 GB). This is the output of file -s: /dev/sdb1: ...
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Unable to read FAT32 formatted drive in Windows 10

My Dell XPS13 notebook will not read any FAT32 formatted drive, be it a USB flash drive or the bootable UEFI partition. This is preventing me from: Updating Windows 10 Entering Safe Mode Reading ...
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How to restore FAT Partition

I have a MacBook Pro with 2 physical drives. Let's call them System and Data. On System, I had 2 partitions, one with macOS and the other with Windows using BootCamp. While trying to delete the ...
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Can't burn USB image onto a CD/DVD

I made a Windows 8 Recovery USB drive. I wanted to back it as RAW as possible to a DVD, whether or not I could use this DVD as I could the original USB drive. The DVD is just the permanent copy of the ...
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Why does a FAT32 USB3 flash drive work so much slower on Windows 10 than on Linux and MacOS?

I've recently acquired a new USB Flash drive. It's a Kingston DataTraveler 50 which supports USB 3.2 Gen 1, has 110 MB/s reading and 15 MB/s writing speed. It works great with my old USB2-only laptop ...
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How to format a 2TB SSD to be Win98/DOS bootable in Windows 10 without FORMAT.COM/DISKPART

I have a formatted a 2 terabyte SSD with a program explicitly called "fat32 format", set it active, I put the files of a Win98 bootCD on it, but it failed booting with a black screen and a blinking ...
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Windows cannot read files from a HD disk taken from a Samsung DVD player

I have a Samsung DVD player from around year 2010 I want to throw away. The device has an HD where I have some recordings from TV. I want to keep a clip that features an interview to my father in a ...
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4 GB limit on FAT32 flash drive

I have created an iMovie slide show of about 20GB made up of slides and transitions but no music. Are the individual slides and transitions treated as separate files so it will work on FAT 32 format? ...
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iPhone Memory Stick Windows Formatting (populating!) Q

SUMMARY: Can format but not populate either a FAT32 or ExFAT 128GB USB memory stick. Copying in files fails when more than 32GB are copied. Can't use NTFS because this stick is designed to work with ...
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USB UDF is there a way to format to Fat32

I found a old USB that has two partitions. One is Fat32 and the other CD Drive UDF. I can't seem to find a way online on how to delete a UDF partition. So maybe here I can find a possible solution? ...
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How to create VFAT formatted 256MB disk image that can be used in Virtualbox?

Trying to replicate a predefined process used for Linux OS installation on bare-metal servers, to VMs (on Oracle Virtualbox). The process of Linux OS installation uses the OS distribution (RHEL 7) ...
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