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Questions tagged [fat32]

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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NTFS file system read-only by Ubuntu - remount doesn't work

I have 2 SSD's; 1 for my OS' (will refer to as the "OS drive") and the other for data (data drive). I have dual booted Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.04. The Windows side seems perfectly fine. On Ubuntu, ...
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Windows does not show FAT32 partition

I created my own Rasbian image, with the following partitions: $ sudo fdisk -l 2018-11-13-raspbian-stretch-lite.img Disk 2018-11-13-raspbian-stretch-lite.img: 2,5 GiB, 2705326080 bytes, 5283840 ...
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How to convert and copy files from NTFS to FAT32 [closed]

I copied some files edited on Windows to a SD memory which is formatted in Linux OS. ut those files being in ntfs, could not be read by Linux OS. I am looking for a cmd or tool on windows which can ...
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How to create a file of the exact size of a directory (and its files), to hold a FAT32 filesystem?

I'm trying to create a file with the minimum-enough size to contain a FAT32 filesystem, which, in turn, mirrors the contents of a directory (an ESP structure). This is needed to create an UEFI-...
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Big FAT32 volume is detected as RAW under Windows

I created 450 GB FAT32 volume in GPT partition table using mkfs.fat. It works without any problem on Linux. When I connect it to computer with Windows 10, it says it is RAW and wants to format it. /...
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How to calculate the minimum number of bytes required for the minimum FAT32 partition?

From experimentation with newfs_msdos, I determined that the minimum number of bytes required to create a FAT32 partition is 34089472. One byte less and the program complains: $ newfs_msdos -F 32 -c ...
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Acer Laptop with two disks: second ntfs harddisk become “ESP” Fat32 disk, data gone

I have an Acer A715-71G-706B, two disk ssd+hdd. Recently I needed to connect diffrent hdd in place of laptop's to check it's data. After returning to orginial 1TB hdd I've noticed that my disk ...
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Linux USB problems on Ubuntu/Mint

After some updates (4.4.0 kernel, Linux Mint 18) I realized that older USB memory sticks are having troubles while new highspeed USB sticks, e.g. 32GB work well. Using one of my older USB sticks (...
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Windows says I need to format FAT32 parition

I was recently trying to move some of my files on my USB drive (Kingston DT Elite G2) from NTFS ot FAT32 using a Linux Mint 19 system. What I did was: make a FAT32 partition copy some files from the ...
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windows 10 installation creates partitions in wrong order and fails because it thinks EFI system partition formatted as NTFS

I'm clean installing windows 10 on a dell laptop (this is my third time installing windows on this machine; previously I had windows and ubuntu dual booting in EFI mode) using a USB installation drive,...
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Potential Error with MBR on disk image

I am concerned that the disk image I am looking at has been corrupted or created in error some how. (more specifically the formatting of the disk that the image captured) The highlighted section in ...
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Why the maximum file size of a FAT32 formatted volume is 4GB in windows OS?

The size of File Allocation Table(FAT) depends on the number of clusters, the version used, the size of volume used. For example, a volume with size 8GB and formatted as FAT32 with 4096 bytes sized ...
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Text Editors Appending Text on Save When Characters Deleted

When I delete text from a text file on a Windows PC with a most text editors, extra bytes get appended to the file. This happens when I edit a file on my FAT32 thumb drive or on a spinning-disk USB ...
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Could flash memory erase page size be other than 2^n

Whilst checking the original, factory, partitioning and FAT32 formating on a Kingston DT 32GB flash (usb stick) drive, I have noticed that: partition has been aligned on 8064 sectors FAT32 parameters ...
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What is FAT's maximum file size?

From what I understand, FAT32 uses a 32 bit number for each file to store its file size (and thus FAT32 is limited at ~4GiB files). In FAT each file has a root directory entry, and these entries are ...
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What does FAT reserve clusters for?

Based on the information I can see from this page: FAT12 uses a maximum of 4086 clusters (2^12 - 10) FAT16 uses 65526 (2^16 - 10) FAT32 uses ~268435456 (2^28) I understand that FAT32 uses 28 bits ...
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Why can't windows boot from fat32 formatted USB on BIOS computer?

I have tried to search for this question and found no answer. So, from what I understand is, the boot process works as following: POST BIOS BIOS calls MBR of selected bootable disk MBR calls Volume ...
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how to unzip same file name without override (capitalization differ)

I have 2 files named xt_DSCP.h and xt_dscp.h in the same directory, in a zip file. I am trying to unzip them on my pendrive but I only have 2 options: skip or override. I was searching for a ...
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Can't rename DLL file on Windows

I downloaded the PicoScope SDK, and I am trying to rename one of the DLLs (according to their programmer's guide p.5). However, Windows 10 won't let me do this. I'm trying to change the file name ...
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Which filesystems are compatible with both Mac and PC and support extended file attributes

I have an external hard drive that I'd like to use with both Mac and Windows. I want to avoid the ._ file issue (see Removing ._ Files from Non-Mac OS File System In Dropbox) What filesystem can I ...
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How do filesystems support “legacy” style booting?

I am in the process of writing a simple OS bootloader (first booting in legacy mode). After understanding the boot process (MBR loading the VBR, etc) I began looking into the specifications for ...
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Folder names become UPPERCASE when syncing to FAT32 drive?

I have started experiencing this very strange issue in the last few months. I did not have this issue before and I do not know what is causing it now. I am using SyncToy 2.1 on Windows 10. I am ...
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How can I prevent opening an EFI partition by Windows on a flash drive?

I have a flash drive with an ESP partition (and grub, but this is not relevant I believe) and data partition. Linux behaves correctly, i.e. it automagically opens data partition but leaves EFI ...
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How to delete files/folders with illegal names?

How can I delete a set of files that contain illegal characters including new lines? The file system is FAT32. On Windows, besides trying with Explorer, which gave me a 80004005 error, I've tried ...
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FAT 32 Windows XP File Cluster occupation

Im trying to understand how many clusters a file takes up but I am currently struggling to figure it out, ive been provided with 3 screenshots as shown below. The file in question is the AUTO-CARTXT ...
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How can I delete everything on a flash drive without actually formatting it?

I purchased a new 64 GB flash drive. It came formatted in the FAT32 file system. It came preloaded with some software that I don't want: However, Windows will not format a drive larger than 32 GB ...
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Flash drive not showing correct capacity. What are possible efforts to save it?

I have a USB flash drive that I know has ~32 GB capacity: Kingston Digital 32GB USB 3.0 DataTraveler (DTR30G2/32GB). I purchased it 2 years ago and have been using it in the FAT32 file system. For ...
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What allocation unit size to use when formatting a USB flash drive in FAT32?

I want to use Windows 7 to format a ~4 GB USB flash drive in the FAT32 file system. (I want to format it in FAT32, not NTFS.) In Windows Explorer, I right-click the flash drive and click Format. ...
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Possible scenarios of a flash drive corruption for FAT32 filesystem

I have an SD card which seemingly stopped working few years ago. Recently I tried recovering some data from it, and I was able to recover very little (I used Gparted). Most of the data was lost and I ...
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Is it possible to recover a truncated file by changing its length?

I used dd to make a backup of an SD card, and went on to run chkdsk on it. Of course, chkdsk ended up removing all folders and moving all files to FOUND.000 and FOUND.001, renaming them to FILExxx.CHK ...
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How to put FAT32 for Windows and Debian Live on a USB flash drive?

First, from time to time I need to transfer data between arbitrary computers with Windows 7 or later (and, in seldom cases, from/to Mac). I prefer to use a USB drive with a FAT32 partition for this ...
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Is there a way to convert FAT32 to exFAT without data loss?

Windows' convert command is able to convert FAT filesystems to NTFS non-destructively. Similarly, fstransform is a Linux utility that is capable of doing this - calling it an "in-place" filesystem ...
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Can't transfer files larger than 2GB to FAT32 USBs on MacOS HighSierra

I'm working on a MacBook Air with a really peculiar problem. When using it to copy video files larger than 2GB to a USB drive, it fails with the error: The item can't be copied because it is too ...
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Files which I copied to ext4 formatted partition appear to have “disappeared”. Do they still exist / what happened?

Just an hour ago I used the ext2fsd tool to copy photos from a FAT32 formatted SD card to an ext4 partition on a 2TB HDD while running Windows 10. After the copy operation completed I made the mistake ...
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why does mkfs.vfat on a file followed by dd into a disk image not work?

I create a 100M disk img and partition it with sgdisk to create a BIOS boot and a ESP partition. dd if=/dev/zero of=file.img bs=1M count=100 sgdisk --clear -n 1:2048:4095 -t 1:ef02 -c 1:'BIOS Boot' -...
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Best Allocation Unit Size on flash drive with exFAT having small files

I have a lot of files that fluctuate between 1 and 50KB on a SCSI USB connected SSD. What would be the best allocation unit size to choose when formatting it to exFAT? I am wondering what would be ...
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Move Live USB To a new USB

Ive got a Kali installation on a 8GB Usb and Ive ran out of space, it has 2 partitions, is there away that i could transfer the 8GB usb to a 32GB Usb and all the partitions.
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Windows won't let me format small partition as FAT32, how can I force it to?

I have a 4 GB partition on my hard disk that I'd like to store some recovery tools on. I want to format it as FAT32, but the Format window in Disk Management lets me choose only NTFS and ReFS. How do ...
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What is the difference between FAT and Inode?

Since both are used to map the usage of disk space then how are they different from each other?
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Can Linux be installed on a logical FAT32 partition? [duplicate]

Want to install Linux so that I can boot to my old windows and another Linux.
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How to Format USB Stick to a Low Level Format Fat16 Fat32 File System to Record Rescue Disk for Antivirus Software [closed]

I would like to know how or which app/software can I use to format a USB stick to FAT 16 or FAT 32 low level format thank you in advance.
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How to copy a 4.2GB file to a USB flash drive [duplicate]

I have a 4.2GB file on my hard disk. I need to put it onto a USB drive to copy it to another PC. However, when I use a standard Windows 10 copying and pasting process, it tells me that the 4GB file is ...
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rsync: mkstemp “<filename>” failed: Function not implemented (38)

When trying to to an rsync transfer, I get the following error: rsync: mkstemp "<filename>" failed: Function not implemented (38) rsync doesn't actually transfer the files it lists with --...
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How come when I convert my external hard drive FAT32 to NTFS, it still has the “shrink volume” grayed out?

I converted my external hard drive named E: to NTFS. But why when I right-click on it, it still doesn't give me the options to click on "shrink volume" or "extend volume"? I am doing this in "Computer ...
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fat32 usb disk cloned with clonezilla reported raw by windows

I have a 320gb usb2 disk with a single 320gb fat32 partition correctly opened and read by windows 10. I needed to transfer its data to a 500gb usb2 disk but I was not able to format it in fat32 ...
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Why can I convert FAT32 -> NTFS, but not the other way around?

I see some programs claim FAT32 -> NTFS conversion, although I just tried with a 100% filled up FAT32 SD card which formatted the drive completely. How are programs able to do FAT32 -> NTFS but ...
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Windows 10 wants to format FAT32 partition

I've an USB-stick with one FAT32 partition. The files in one specific folder caused Windows 10 to notify me about damaged files, so I plugged that USB-stick in my desktop running Debian Unstable. I ...
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How to format a disk/sdcard as FAT32 in windows 10

In windows 10, when you want to format a partition specifically as FAT32 (for example an SDcard that is going to be used in your phone) when you right-click the disk and choose format, only NTFS and ...
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broken encrypted files after reformat

I had some files encrypted with cipher cmd command on an external hard drive with FAT32 format. one day I had to copy a large file on that hard drive and I reformated the hard drive to NTFS format. ...
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chkdsk /r issue for my pendrive - Insufficient disk space to recover lost data after agreeing to recover lost chains

today when I used my pendrive on my laptop I got this error -> "The files or directory is corrupted and unreadable" for all the files in a specific folder (about 2.5 gb of data) googled the problem ...