Questions relating to the FAT32 file system architecture.

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how to format a external HDD in Fat32 to swap between Ubuntu and Windows 7

Have a 750 gig external HDD. Have format it in Ubuntu 12.10 using FAT32 since I have to switch between windows, linux and osX. Used quick format option when doing this. Have named drive but Ubuntu ...
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Encrypting FAT32 with Luks

In previous versions of Ubuntu I was able to encrypt USB flashdrives using the disks tool in any format I pleased. Now unfortunately I am only able to encrypt a flash drive in EXT format. This is ...
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Best filesystem for a shared data space?

I want to have a partition mounted to both Window's "My Documents" and Ubuntu's "My Documents". What are the advantages and disadvantages of FAT and NTFS? Is there an accepted standard or common way ...
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cannot format a fat filesystem, getting error “Both FATs appear to be corrupt. Giving up.”

I am trying format an FAT (or FAT32) file system on my ubuntu system, but I am not able to format the device, each time I am getting the error Both FATs appear to be corrupt. Giving up. I have tried ...
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Force mount Fat16 partiton?

I have a Windows XP HDD that no longer wants to mount. Long story short, I tried to acces my data through a Ubuntu Live USB. The hard drive wouldn't auto mount, thus I created a mount point using: ...
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Can Ubuntu defragment NTFS or FAT drives? [duplicate]

Can I use Ubuntu to defrag a Windows NTFS/FAT drive or partition?
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need a different backup solution

I just built a new media/backup server using Ubuntu 12.04 64bit. I installed a hard drive to be used only for music, pictures, and videos and formatted it fat32 so my 1 and only Windows PC could map ...
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1.5 TB USB Drive failed to mount

Seagate 1.5Tb FreeAgent USB Hard Drive. Formatted FAT32. I figure it is 75% full. Used to work fine in XUBUNTU it shows up in Cairo Dock but when I click on it I get "failed to mount drive'. Nautilus ...
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How to mount external HDD with fat32 owner rights

When my external HDD mounts, it get mounted with root as owner. So I can only look read files. How do I get this to mount as me as owner? It's frustrating. Why is it really necessary to have root as ...
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Can't create folder links from a fat32 partition

When I try to create links from several folders (created on windows 7) in order to put them on my personal folder, I get the following error: Error creating the link to [folder] - Destination does ...
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I want files in fat32 partition to be shown in my personal folder

I have a 25 gig partition in ext4 for Ubuntu, an NTFS 25 gig partition for Windows 7,a logical swap of 2 gig, and then a logical 60 gig partition in FAT32 which I've read is the correct file system ...
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How to change FAT32 sort order on drive?

I use a USB drive to play music in my car. Unfortunately, the car does not sort the music alphabetically and relies on how the music is sorted on the FAT32 drive. This Windows software here solves ...
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Why does my FAT32 USB attached disk not mount in 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04? [closed]

I run Ubuntu 12.04 x64. I have a FAT32 USB disk with valuable data on it but it does not mount. I can see and access it when I plug it in to a Windows machine, but not on Ubuntu. I tried all kind of ...
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How to repair a corrupted FAT32 file system

I'm using the FAT32 file system for my pen drive. It's frequently facing file/data corruptions. In Windows, I used the scan disk utility to fix the FAT32/NTFS file systems. How can I do this in ...
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cat /proc/filesystems does not list vfat

I'm trying to read an SD card formatted with a FAT32 filesystem. It can be read in windows, but not in Ubuntu. When I tried cat /proc/filesystems, this was the output: > cat /proc/filesystems ...
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Defragmenting tools on Ubuntu for non EXT* formats

I have a flash drive that I use for general use around the house and at school. I use exclusively Ubuntu, but at school and on other family computers, they use Winblows. Therefore, my flash drive is ...
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Why does japanese filenames not show on ubuntu server and samba?

I've installed japanese fonts sudo apt-get install ttf-takao-mincho and I mounted my drive specifying utf8 sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdc1 /media/HERMES -o ...
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What partition to use to keep data files in Ubuntu?

I have been using Ubuntu for a few years and usually my partition set up was the following: Ext3 or Ext4 partition for the system itself (20 GB); A 10 GB swap partition; a big FAT32 partition to ...
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Missing space in Win95 fat32 partition

I'm trying to set up an 8GB USB drive a persistent live boot. The tutorial I am using told me to use fdisk and create two partitions. The first partition is supposed to be just large enough to hold ...
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How do I change file permissions on a FAT32 drive?

I have Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I've noticed recently every file in my Hard Drive get executable privilege even every text files so when open it a pop-up window asks me what to do(run in ...
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Cannot install dsniff in 9.10 USB

Ubuntu 9.10 USB Pendrive everything works good even after sudo apt-get update and I try to sudo apt-get install dsniff and I get the following message: ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install dsniff ...
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rsync not working between NTFS/FAT and EXT

I have music that I play in my car, from an FAT32 USB stick. The folder which I use to put songs on is stored on my EXT4 hard drive. I add/remove/retag songs regularly and occassionally want to ...
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How to sync folders on different partitions (symlink?)

I use Ubuntu One to synch my home/Documents folder among more computers. On a portable tablet I have set the Documents folder in a separate Fat32 partition named sda6, and I made it default documents ...
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Mount FAT32 filesystem as /home during installation?

Setup in Ubuntu 11.10 installation gives me this message while in advanced partitioning: "The file system type fat32 cannot be mounted on /home, because it is not a fully-functional Unix file system. ...
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Why won't Ubuntu copy large files to flash drives or network locations?

Since I installed 11.10 I am unable to copy large files (say 1gb or more) to ANY usb drive that is formated as FAT. The file starts copying, but soon an error appears, saying "Unable to Copy" . ...
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How do i change permissions on a FAT32 formatted drive?

I have big problem. I am using MS VC++ on win and Qt Creator on ubuntu. So, today I have problem. I can't change my permissions on my flash drive (FAT32). Q: How I can change permissions on FAT32 ...
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Using a fat32 partition for a swapfile

I have installed ubuntu 11 onto a 30GB SSD (10 & 17GB partitions - / and /home respectively) with a 1TB and 2TB disk drive for data/large programs and I did not want to subject the SSD to swap ...
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UEFI hardware and dual booting with windows

I've been struggling for 3 days trying to dual boot Ubuntu 11.10 and Windows 7. I want to use an SSD for my Ubuntu installation and an hdd for Windows. I realized that I have to install windows first ...
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“Lost” files in FAT32 drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tool for recovering deleted data from a flash drive I was a little sleepy and I formated a 256 Gb USB pendrive with FAT32, copied some files and folders from a laptop ...
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How to repair an external Hard-Drive?

I've been using my external USB (Iomegea 250GB) hard drive with standard configuration (1 Fat 32 partition) for a while. Now it started inventing new corrupted / losing existing files. What should I ...
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How can I change permissions on external drives?

I wanted to change permissions on my external drives that are automounted however I have tried by sudo nautilus and then going to gui and permissions and changing it however it does not let me. I ran ...
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backup drive: ext4 / FAT?

if I'm backing up to an external drive, is there any reason to not use FAT other then FAT's file size/naming issues? It would be nice to be able to access the content on windows/mac but i'm not sure ...
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How to delete/edit files from readonly filesystem

I am having problem with my memory device (actually a memory card that act external memory device like pendrive). experimentx@workmateX:/var/www/zendtest$ sudo rm ...
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FAT32 partition lock

A am asking about problem with USB data stick (that uses fat32 file system). If you unplug USB stick without unmounting (safly remove) data may become locked when you mount USB stick another time ...
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What's the best filesystem to share between OS X and Ubuntu?

Got a MacBook Air 3,1 11" w/ 128GB SSD. Configuring for dual boot. I intend to have a shared drive where I'll store my media. What filesystem is best? They say FAT32 is best for cross-platform ...
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How to format FAT32 filesystem infected with windows virus and that is write protected

I have a pendrive with FAT32 filesystem. it is infected with virus dont know which but has autorun.inf and create exe file within folder. I tried to format it with various filesystems and even try to ...
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How do I convert a FAT32 to ext3 (keeping the data on it)

Is there a way to convert a FAT partition to ext3 (or other ext..) while keeping the data on it? I don't have access to a external USB hard disk to temporarily store the data, so I'd like to just ...
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How can I substitute colons when I rsync on a USB key?

I would like to backup my mail directory on a USB key. However, my IMAP has a strange naming convention that something include a colon (:) character. Since the USB is in a window format, rsync fail ...