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Questions relating to the FAT32 file system architecture.

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Best way to utilize a SSD external disk

I would appreciate some advice on my particular situation. I have a machine running ubuntu, with the disk almost full. I have also a external USB connect SSD of 500GB. I would like to use it with the ...
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File timestamp on FAT32 filesystem

If I create a new text file in Ubuntu on a FAT32 thumbdrive and write something into it, and save it afterwards, the file will end up having the same modification and change time. If I view the file ...
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Additional partition of FAT32 created (size 512 MB) after installing ubuntu 20.04 in my Lenovo Laptop

Shall I delete the partition and add it to NTFS partition?
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Formatting dual boot drives

I'm considering a new dual boot system with Win10 and a Linux distro, probably Ubuntu because I'm a Linux noob. I plan to have one SSD for Win10 (system and apps), one SSD for Ubuntu (system and apps)...
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How to fix a disk image that is flagged as read-only (and save my wedding pictures on the way)?

Back in 2014, my wedding photographer sent me some pictures he took and were not worth printing on a USB key. Last week, I tried to take a look at these pictures but most them were now corrupted. ...
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VFAT as kernel module

Is it possible to have VFAT in Ubuntu installed as module? There is no fat|vfat module listed in lsmod, so I suspect it is somehow built-in in kernel (Ubuntu 18.04/20.04). I would like to add some ...
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How to consult FAT32 cluster size on Ubuntu

I have to format an SD Card to FAT32 using 64 KB cluster size specifically. This is possible using mkdosfs, using command -s 128. It seems to work as intended, it follows all online helps which are ...
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Not able to mount some partitions but can mount vfat

This is the output of sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdb Disk /dev/sdb: 111.8 GiB, 120034123776 bytes, 234441648 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 ...
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Input/output error with new external hard drive

I need to free up space on my laptop (Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS) and have a brand new Toshiba Canvio Basics 2 TB external harddrive. When plugging it in the first time it got recognized by the system but ...
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HDD error : print_req_error: critical medium error, dev sdb, sector 16128

I believe, I have a USB hard drive that's damaged. When I run dmesg, it shows: [80489.847168] ---[ end trace 66bad045bd32e5be ]--- [80577.323943] usb 2-1.1: new high-speed USB device number 4 using ...
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18.04: cp only copies first 263 MB of files to USB

I noticed that my computer (GNOME desktop environment) somehow cannot handle copying files larger than 275775488 B (263 MB) to my USB stick. I tried copying the files several times and the files ...
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Where default values of fmask and dmask are defined for disk auto-mounter?

I have Ubuntu 16.04 LTS installed (with MATE DE if this matters). After the insertion of USB-flash it is usually got auto-mounted to the /media/username/VOLUMEID and the mount shows the following ...
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Mounting a USB device: can't read superblock, mount/exit error

For some days now one of my USB sticks can no more be mounted on PCs. Here, on a PC with Ubuntu, the mount command yields "can't read superblock" while refering to /dev/sdb, which is the logical name ...
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Fdisk, partition formatted to 'W95 FAT32 (LBA)', not found in Windows 7

I don't know it is some kind of joke, but I made W95 FAT32 (LBA) partition with fdisk, format with mkfs.vfat, but Windows 7 didn't find this partition. How is it possible? Thanks. root@local:~# fdisk ...
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How can you install ubuntu to a thumb drive in windows, without having to run an application which requires administrator priveleges?

Just a bit of backstory, I am at a work-search office today on one of their computers and it has no permissions whatsoever, making their computers nigh impossible to use for me, particularly because I ...
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When USB drive inserted, calling script once with knowledge of mount point

Using lubuntu 16.04. In short, I would like to have a (preferably bash) script called once upon insertion of a USB drive, with the script having access to the path name of the mount point. I have ...
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Formartting SD Card - Corrupted FAT32 Filesystem

I have a corrupted SD Card whose filesystem is FAT32. I tried the following stuff but i am still able to see the contents in the SD card. I can neither add new files nor can i delete any files from ...
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FAT to ntfs on an empty disk

Is it possible to convert FAT to ntfs on empty disk with Linux commands or windows is the only option?
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fsck.vfat never actually repairs anything

I have a slightly messed-up 64GB USB drive formatted with FAT32, and would like to fix it on Ubuntu 18.04. First attempt: $ sudo fsck.vfat /dev/sdc1 fsck.fat 4.1 (2017-01-24) FATs differ but ...
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Why can't I unset the executable bit on my files in a Veracrypt vfat partition?

In a mounted Veracrypt file, which df -Th shows to be vfat, my files are always executable. $ ls -l x.txt gives -rwx------ ... x.txt How do I make it not-executable? chmod -x x.txt doesn't work, not ...
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The “modified timestamp” changed via a cut and paste

I needed to copy a file from one Ubuntu system to another Ubuntu system. I checked the "modified timestamp" of the original file and it was April 21 15:27:31. I copied and pasted to a removable Flash ...
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How to write zeros in one pass to free space on FAT32 drive? [duplicate]

Most people will think either using dd or sfill to usually wipe free space with zeros... however, the limit with FAT32 drives are that the largest file size can only be 4 GB. How can I create ...
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What is this tiny fat32 partition? [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu 18.10 on a laptop. When I opened Gparted I saw this little partition and do not know what it is (see image). Gparted also has a warning about it: Unable to read the contents of ...
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How to share a FAT32 partition between Ubuntu 18 and vbox Windows 7

I have this disk setup: Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /dev/sda1 * 2048 195944447 195942400 93,4G 83 Linux /dev/sda2 195944448 937701375 741756928 353,7G ...
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How to format Hard drive NTFS and convert it to FAT32?

As the question, I have some NTFS HD in my ubuntu server, some has few partitions, I would like to fully format them, create only 1 partition and convert it to FAT32. Thanks
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FAT32 R/W performance too low for a big file transfer

I have mounted FAT32 formatted USB storage to ext4 FS and executed a large file copy operation. Observed that FAT32 R/W performance to ext4 partition is very much slower than same ext4 partitions. ...
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Is FAT 32-bit version ok for Linux?

I understand this may be a dumb question but I just realized my main SSD is a FAT 32-bit version - I installed Ubuntu a while ago. Is this partition format ok or would another one work better with ...
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How to make a live USB - WITHOUT FAT

I'm trying to make a live USB boot drive for Ubuntu 18.04. I don't want to use Windows, as I don't like (or trust) Windows. Here's the catch: I've found FAT32 to be completely unreliable. Seriously, ...
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Windows can't see FAT32 drive modified by GParted

My SD card had a FAT32 partition and an EXT partition for Android. I don't need the EXT partition anymore, so I used GParted to delete it and increase the FAT32 to use the extra space, but Windows 7 ...
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how to change fat partition label on disk image file?

the command: sudo mlabel -i /dev/sdb1 ::my_external meant to apply the new label my_external for the /dev/sdb1 drive or partition, if only it's a separate device one. what would be the command for ...
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USB pendrive : the copy takes about 3 minutes but the unmount takes a very long time : 10 to 12 minutes

I'm using Ubuntu 17.10. I formatted an USB pen-drive to NTFS to prepare a Windows7 USB Installer. I set the bootable flag on this pen-drive and copied the files into it. EDIT 1: The USB pen-drive ...
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SD card content not showing up in Ubuntu

I have burned OS image (.img) into a new SD card (Sandisk 16GB) use LibreELEC USB-SD creator tool on Ubuntu laptop. I assume I don't need to format SD card before writing. Then I tried browse SD card ...
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GParted is not working on Ubuntu 17.10 [duplicate]

I installed GParted to change format of my PD to FAT32. After installation I clicked on its icon and its asking for Authecatation. But, after that GParted is not running.
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How to set read/write permission for a flash drive? [duplicate]

I have a 16 GB flash drive formatted as FAT. When I plug the flash drive into my Dell Laptop running Ubuntu 14.04, I can read and write with no problem, but when I plug the same flash drive into my ...
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Unable to access on SD Card [duplicate]

suddenly I get an error on my SD Card (look at the image) and now I can't see what it is inside it or use it. I never done any works or something strange since I've bought it months ago. I think it's ...
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can't boot ubuntu from usb in UEFI mode

I am relatively new to linux. I previously made a usb boot device that worked perfectly, using a single W95 FAT32 (bootable) partition. However, that disk was too small, so now I am trying to ...
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trying to format a 64GB MicroSDXC card with 4096 bytes per sector

I'm trying to flash Rockbox onto an xDuoo digital music player, and the micro SD card has to be formatted FAT32 with 4096 bytes per sector. I've come across conflicting reports for mkdosfs parameters, ...
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Cannot control how often fsck is running on /boot/efi

Every boot fsck is checking the partition /efi/boot. I can control how often it runs on other partitions using tune2fs but it won't work with this partition. /var/log/syslog reports Nov 28 19:59:55 ...
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Problem with mounting usb device FAT filesystem on Linux

I copied an image on a usb stick with win32DiskManage. I want to copy this image on my beagleboneblack wich's system is Linux. The filesystem of the usb stick is FAT. Now I want to mount a usb device ...
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Is a FAT32 partition able to use non-ASCII characters for names of files and directories the same way as Windows 10?

I have installed the Ubuntu 16.04 and Windows 7 systems at the same PC. I prepare to change all names of files and directories to ASCII so that I can use correctly a united probably FAT32 partition. I ...
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How do I properly mount fat32 flash drive for Multisystem use?

I'm attempting to switch to MultiSystem from YUMI so I can add ISOs to a multi-bootable flash drive with Ubuntu instead of Windows, and boy, am I starting to regret it. First, I backed up my flash ...
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How to view FAT32 Ubuntu files from Windows 10?

I installed Ubuntu 16.04 on my PC a while ago, and I really like the new OS. I've noticed that I can access all data on the hard drive from Ubuntu, but I can't find Ubuntu files from Windows. I set ...
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Cannot install Ubuntu at ext4 partition from FAT32 bootable USB stick [closed]

I am trying to install a 14.04.5 64 bits Ubuntu in a machine with several partitions, one of which is already running a 12.04 64 bits Ubuntu, into one that is empty and formatted as ext4. I have ...
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Attribute “partition” not found - error when formatting USB flash drive

I have a USB flash drive that's become unrecognisable in Windows 7, as detailed in my question on SuperUser here. I was advised to use Ubuntu, and was able to see the flash drive using it, although ...
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Is it enough to copy grub.cfg

I have installed Windows 10 in the first half of my HDD. Then I install Ubuntu in the second half (minus 1GB). After all I formatted third 1GB partition in FAT32 then I install grub into it using grub-...
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Install /boot on fat32 partition

Is it possible to install GRUB on fat32 partition during installation of Ubuntu 16.04? When I try to do this during installation, then the following error is printed: The file system type fat32 ...
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Ubuntu does not detect USB stick with lsblk or fdisk

I have a usb stick that needed formatting because ubuntu couldn't detect it or mount it. I found a few solutions online and used lsblk and fdisk commands to list out all devices that are attached. I ...
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How to obtain the correct vfat path translation for my floppies?

My father left me a batch of 3.5 inch "floppy" disks created with Windows 95 (Dutch). I want to copy their contents. My only computer with a floppy drive runs Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS. After installing ...
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How do I change the disk size with mkdosfs [closed]

So I recently have received a 256GB SD Card on eBay for pretty cheap, but turns out that the factory part number printed on the back plastic was listed as an 8GB card. It was modified from the seller ...
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Problem with FAT32 filesystem, need to install dosfstools and mtools [closed]

In my HDD I was trying to convert a filesystem from FAT32 to NTFS with gparted, but I cannot see my HDD. Gparted shows me HDD (/dev/sda2) but it shows this message: I am trying to install mtools ...