Questions relating to the FAT32 file system architecture.

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How to repair a corrupted FAT32 file system

I'm using the FAT32 file system for my pen drive. It frequently has file/data corruptions. In Windows, I used the scan disk utility to fix the FAT32/NTFS file systems. How can I do this in Ubuntu?
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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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FAT32 / NTFS + isofs on USB

I have a bootable USB disk: # dd if=/path/to/os_image.iso of=/dev/sdb (...everything OK...) # sudo dumpe2fs /dev/sdb dumpe2fs 1.42.9 (4-Feb-2014) dumpe2fs: Bad magic number in super-block while ...
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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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Does Ubuntu damage USB drives?

Whenever I unmount a USB drive with Nautilus and plug it to a Windows machine, I receive a warning that the drive needs to be repaired. (the same message like in this screenshot) For 10+ years ...
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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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“FAT-fs (sdc1): IO charset iso8859-1 not found” error while mounting FAT Drives

I am unable to mount any fat32 or fat16 formatted usb disks under Ubuntu 13.10. The thing here to note is that it is happening only with fat formatted Disks. ntfs, ext formatted external usb disks ...
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dosfsck do nothing and exit immediately

I've tried to run dosfsck on USB drive as in answer to this question How to repair a corrupted FAT32 file system but the program exit and do nothing, the error code is 1 the response is: fsck.fat 3.0....
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Mongodb can't store data on fat32 mounted partition

I trying to change mongodb dbpath to folder on mounted ssd disk. I have this disk mounted with this options: UUID=78B1-B348 /home/avetome/work vfat users,rw,utf8,umask=111,dmask=000,...
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Why does mkfs fail with 'Read-only file system'?

I'm trying to format a pen drive using mkfs, but it fails with: Read-only file system. Here is what I have tried so far: $ sudo hdparm -r0 /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdb1: setting readonly to 0 (off) readonly ...
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USB doesn't mount

I have a problem. I have had Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop for 2 years and up until now no problems with the USB. But since this evening the pc doesn't mount the USB. I read some discussions but the ...
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Mount FAT32: Can't find a valid FAT filesystem

Xubuntu 14.04. nfts-3g is installed. /dev/sdc is the Flash drive. I have created new partition with fdisk (tried with cfdisk too). Tried with W95 FAT32 code and W95 FAT32 (LBA) code. ("b" and "c" in ...
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converting filesystem of internal HDD from FAT32 to NTFS

I was dumb and used FAT32 as filesystem. Now I want to download files larger than the size of 4GB, which is not possible for FAT32. I use a dual boot (Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 10) and the HDD is ...
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WinUSB gives a exit code: 256

I have Ubuntu 14.10 with WinUSB and I have a Windows 8.1 Pro ISO with a 4GB SD Card with an empty FAT32 partition. Everytime I try to use it, it says "Installation failed, exit code: 256". How do I ...
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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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plexmediaserver can't see files stored on external FAT32 drive

I recently installed Plex onto a new installation of Ubuntu 15.04. I tried to add my Movies drive, but I saw that it couldn't see anything on the drive, which has been automounted. I tried the usual ...
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Have I killed my Ubuntu 14.04.3 trying to recover password and get Grub to work?

Been happy Ubuntu convert since late 2013 when paid to ditch Win8 and install Ubuntu. [Ubuntu 14.04.3 on HP Compaq CQ58] Like many others forgot my password For me that happened after lappie lay idle ...
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Trouble creating fat32 partition larger than 1 TiB with gpt partition table using gparted

I have a 6 TiB hard drive that I would like to make a fat32-partition on covering the whole hard drive. When trying to do so using gparted (first creating a gpt partition table, and then trying to ...
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Cannot format memory stick to fat32

I am trying to format my usb stick on /dev/sdc, partition sdc1: sudo mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/sdc1 I get the following for a few seconds, no error: mkfs.fat 3.0.26 (2014-03-07) However, sudo fdisk -...
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How do you run Ubuntu from USB on a Windows 8.1? [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu installed on my USB (FAT32). Now how do I run it from the USB without deleting C: drive?
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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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FAT32 formatting

I just took a dive into the Ubuntu world jumping from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 14.04. I must say that I am impressed, I do like it a lot. However, I just ran into an unexpected problem; I have an LG DVD ...
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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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How does Ubuntu get away with reading FAT32

I read here that Microsoft makes $5 to $15 on every Android device sold because Android can read the FAT filesystem. Ubuntu can also read the FAT filesystem but no payment history to Microsoft exists....
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Is it really possible to properly create a bootable USB of Ubuntu from Windows?

I was trying to create a bootable USB of Ubuntu from Ubuntu when some symbolic links errors appeared, which I explained in this question. There was no valid answer what these errors are, nor are they ...
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USB flash drive partitioning exits without completing

I have a 16 GB TDK flash drive with one fat32 partition and msdos partition table. On ubuntu 14.04 using gparted I am trying to resize this partition from ~14.4(16) GB to 12.4 and leave 2 GB of free ...
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How to automount cardreader on startup?

I have SD cardreader in my netbook, and it is not automatically mounted on startup. If I disable default settings in gnome-disks and check mount automatically, I will get error Error mounting system-...
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FAT32 external drive : no space left error

Using Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, I have mounted a 1 TB usb drive formatted with FAT32. The drive was mounted with this command (no error) : sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdc1 /media/jpgs/ I create a single ...
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Fstab doesn't update permissions or ownership rules [duplicate]

I mount a FAT32 filesystem (because it needs to be compatible with windows) that has an SVN repository on it. It is mounted with owners root:plugdev and permissions rwxrwx--- . My user account is a ...
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Can I use Ubuntu on my Mac to recover a FAT32 drive?

I installed a game on my PS3 which is formatted for FAT32 and it corrupted the drive. (The same game did the same thing on another PS3. Rats.) I need to recover the drive but am a Mac user. Can I ...
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Solution to slow transfer of files from PC to USB [duplicate]

First of all, my apologies: I've seen a tons of forums related to this topic, but nowhere did I see a solution to this problem. I've switched to Linux only recently and my biggest issue about it is ...
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Prevent hidden (for Windows 8.1) FAT32 partitions from being mounted when not even referenced in fstab?

I have two FAT32 partitions on my internal HDD that keep being (auto?) mounted by a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 even though there is no reference to them whatsoever in /etc/fstab. If they were ...
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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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Step by step guide to partition an external HDD in two file formats

I just purchased an external HDD (1TB) which I want to partition with two different file formats - NTFS and FAT32 (this partition is for my PS3 backups). At the moment it's a giant 943mb NTFS ...
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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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Problem with files in External Hard Disk

While making my USB bootable for the installation of UBUNTU using Disk Startup Tool in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the process was cancelled and disconnected my external hard disk from the laptop(The source ...
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Accidentally formatted ext4 partition

I have just formatted an ext4 partition to fat32 using gparted. In which directions should I tread in my attempt to recover?
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Ubuntu can't mount / format formerly TrueCrypt encrypted SD card which works on Windows 8

I have a 2GB SD card which I completely encrypted with TrueCrypt some time ago. However, I lost the key and there was no valuable data on it. Windows 8 formatted it to fat32 without any problems and ...
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Make FAT32 disks starts with boot [duplicate]

i'm using ubuntu 14.10 utopic beta 2 (waiting for the officiel release) i've two partitions (FAT32) where i save my documents.. i would like to make those two partitions starts with boot.more clearly, ...
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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 /media/A88F-8788/python-2.7.1-...
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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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Rescue data from corupted FAT32 micro SD card

I used it on android and it just stopped working. I want to extract data before I format it. Here's the output of sudo dosfsck -w -r -l -a -v -t /dev/mmcblk0p1: fsck.fat 3.0.26 (2014-03-07) fsck.fat ...
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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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The “size” field in directory entry meaning for directories?

I'm looking at low-level directory structure of a disk partition, formatted as "vfat" filesystem. The directory entry structure I use is: struct __attribute__ ((packed)) Dentry { char name[...
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How do I repair a Fat 32 Filesystem Partition “input/output error”

Some how the partition (Dev/sda2) partition got deleted. So I use TestDisk to bring it back... The first time I did it it erase the whole hard drive... The second time it did restore the partition ...
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Too many FATs on USB Drive?

A while ago, I wrote an image on a USB drive using something along these lines: dd bs=4M if=/path/to/image.iso of=/dev/sdb && sync Something must have gone terribly wrong there because ...
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Advice on what FS to use

I am installing a 2TB drive on an Ubuntu server that will be accessible on a network of Windows and Ubuntu machines. Should I format it using FAT32 or EXT3/4? Thanks David C
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Ubuntu file system questions. (EFI Partition, FAT32, VFAT)

I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS today, I found that the EFI partition type showing on Ubuntu is VFAT, but I always heard the partition type for EFI partition should be FAT32. I returned to Windows ...
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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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using gnome-disks/terminal to format usb drive in ubuntu 12.10, FAT32

I know its a duplicate question, but I couldn't find a answer that would have satisfied me.. I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10, You know I was holding with the LTS but couldn't resist all those new ...