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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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Create partitionless FAT32 filesystem on USB flash drive

I am diagnosing an issue with some USB sticks on an embedded Linux device that happens when a USB stick with a partitionless FAT32 filesystem is connected. I want to reliably recreate this situation. ...
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USB Flash drive showing unreasonably large size

I have a USB/voice recorder formatted as FAT32. It shows up as HSD Technology USB Device, it has the size of 8GB and wouldn't allow me to convert it to NTFS. I have moved to it a 5GB folder but when I ...
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How to calculate the minimum size for a FAT partition to fit given files?

Is there a way to calculate how big a partition needs to be to fit a file (or several files of a given size)? Let's say I want to make a FAT32 partition on a usb drive and store 1 Gb file (or two 500 ...
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Formatting 500gb HDD NTFS to FAT32 then returns: The volume is too big for FAT32

I got the same error message as this post and it also took me 6 hours to wait for that process to finish. But now, I already understand a little why the problem occurs after reading the answer from ...
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No space left in device error despite being empty

Why am I getting No space left on device when I try to create more than 32767 files in my vFat USB Flash Drive? Info Flash drive is empty (freshly formatted) $ df -H > Filesystem Size Used ...
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FAT32 partition unusual storage usage on MacOS

I have Linux installed on a second partition on my MacBook Air M1 running MacOS Ventura. To share data between the two systems, I shrunk the system partition in MacOS, then booted into Linux and ...
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Missing Filesize in FAT32

I have a .fat32 file and from the Master Boot Record I read the following things: 512 Bytes per Sector 8 Sectors per Cluster 800 Sectors total root Clusternumber is 2 32 reserved Sectors 2 FATs 1 ...
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How to boot a Windows 98 disk image restored in a larger disk?

Let me explain what I did in detail: found that the Samsung 1.6GB IDE HDD in a Windows 98 PC (Pentium 200MHz) was failing detached it and dumped it using gddrescue through a slightly newer PC running;...
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How can I access FAT formatted USB drive on PC without operating system messing up the contents?

I have FAT formatted USB drives with possibly file system level problem. When I plug-in the drive to Windows system, it seems to change something on the drive erasing the problem. That makes it ...
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Is it possible to format a 16 TB external hard drive in the file system FAT32?

I've been trying to format a 16TB external hard drive in the file system FAT32 so that it would work on a PS3 and I quickly realised that windows won't allow me to format the drive completely. I ...
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File recovery from FAT32 partition [duplicate]

In a nutshell: I have a broken directory that I believe is now inaccessible because of disconnecting during the middle of a file transfer and I want to rescue files from said folder. So here's the ...
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Recover/Carve FAT32 file system metadata (file names etc.) without partition table

I have a broken SD card, of which I've taken an image. The image is fairly complete, >99% according to ddrescue, and conventional data recovery tools seem to be able to find most files. However, I'...
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My folders turned into files on my FAT32 usb

I have some very important archives in folders on my USB. I needed to use a program on a computer in my school because i did not have it in my laptop, but when i plugged and checked my USB in the ...
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Internal Drive FAT32 Partition

I have a question about making this work but I'm not sure if it's even possible. So I have a home business involving embroidery. And I use my garage as a shop space with my machine and PC that I use ...
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How to use xcopy to copy files from a compressed NTFS folder to the root of a FAT32 volume?

I am having problems using XCOPY to copy folders and files from a compressed NTFS folder to the root of a FAT32 volume (actually a USB drive). This looks like a Windows or Xcopy bug to me. The command ...
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Files disappearing from HDD shared between Ubuntu and Windows 11 [duplicate]

I have a setup with both OSes on an SSD and a brand-new HDD with a FAT32 partition so it can be easily accessed from both Ubuntu and Windows 11. For some reason, files created on Ubuntu aren't visible ...
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Files were normal and playable, after chkdsk repair, files turned into FOUND.000 folder filled with .CHK files(Fat32 single 256g partition SD card)

I wonder what the alternatives could be. If I did not try the scan and repair prompted by the Windows, everything probably are still normal or can be salvaged more easily. (Fat32 single 256GB ...
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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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