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Does dosfsck -a log errors it found?

I have a question. Does dosfsck -a log the errors it found? Like, the specifics of the error? Because, since it's doing it all automatically, it doesn't let the user have input, so I wondered if it ...
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Recovery files possible after being overwritten by Ubuntu install?

Good evening, Unfortunately I used a data-containing USB-drive with the Ubuntu 22.04 Installer ISO. This was of course a very stupid action and I want to see if I somehow can turn back this stupidity. ...
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Trouble mounting a FAT32 IDE drive with USB adapter

I have one of those 40 pin IDE to USB adapters. I can use this and mount an ext4 drive, but an older FAT32 drive will not mount. sudo mount /dev/sdb /targetdirectory gives me: mount: /media/.../...: ...
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Kubuntu Live USB is unbelievably slow

I want to install Kubuntu on my PC. Download image, flash to USB with FAT32. But when I boot, it takes 20 minutes to just load the desktop background. There were another 2 flashes to this USB. The ...
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Create USB device protected by password, but readable/writable on multiple OS?

I've some problems to format a USB device as I want. I need to obtain a USB device FAT 32 (readable and writable on Linux, MacOs and Windows) but protected with a password (encrypted). I'm trying to ...
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NPM install fail unless --no-bin-links is used. Why is that? Probably Ubuntu file permissions, still unsure

There's a lot going on with this drive and I'm not sure where to start troubleshooting. I have a HDD which is partitioned to have 10GB of unallocated space. I formatted as FAT32 and mounted that ...
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Recover data from FAT 32

I made some videos with a camera. The SD memory is a FAT 32. Arriving at home when I inserted the SD I received the erorr Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/user/disk: can't read superblock on /dev/...
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UbuntuStudio 22.04 initramfs error in USB FAT32 live session

I am trying to install UbuntuStudio 22.04 in my machine. The problem is that the image file that needs to be copied into the USB stick is 4.2 GBs. This appears to be causing the initramfs problem as ...
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suggestions in partitioning root space to create space for a second distro

I need to shring space of root partition on my disk to create a new partition for the installation of another distro (I have now Ubuntu/Kde Plasma and I want to have a dual boot with EndeavourOS). I ...
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trying to format a partition, troubled by invalid blocks

I'd be grateful for any suggestions on how to proceed with a self-made problem: I had a perfectly fine SSD connected to my NUC desktop running Ubuntu, then I tried to make it readable by a Windows ...
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Two new, 256GB microSD cards. Both have problems mounting as ext4

I bought a 256GB MicroSD card from Walmart recently, branded as 'Onn' which I suppose is a Walmart generic brand. I was able to format it as ext4, and then I tried to rsync to the card — which froze ...
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how to find files copied in ubunut in NTFS drive

if I copied the file from the Ubuntu system to a passport with NTFS type, is there any solution to find the files I copied as the types are different or it is not copied as the sequence i did is I ...
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How to mount a FAT32 SD card as writeable?

I have a FAT32 micro SD card which I want to write to. If I just stick it into my laptop's SD card slot and try to copy files in using the GUI, I get an error telling me the file system is read-only. ...
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Mount a full disk / memory image that contains multiple partitions formatted in FAT32, EXT3 and EXT4 (Android type)

I have made a full memory backup of my rooted Android phone and I would like to be able to mount the images of the Internal Memory and the SD Card in Ubuntu. The Internal Memory has many different ...
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Unable to mount my usb pendrive or make into a bootable drive

I have a 8GB pendrive which is blank as far as I know. I plug it in but it does not mount automatically. I can see it in Disks Utility as well as with lsblk but not with the Files Manager. I tried the ...
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USB drive with corrupted FAT32 system

I have a Sandisk 128GB USB drive which appears totally unreadable in Windows 10. When queried, the drive will lock Windows File Explorer up, and sit there until the USB is removed. I tried this on ...
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File system change

Is there any way to convert ext4 file system to fat32 file system by linux terminal. I now have Ubuntu focal fossa 20.04 is installed in my pc. Plz tell both methods if or not data loss.
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corrupt usb flash drive, complains about /dev/sdc, but there is nothing there where do I find it?

How can I reset this drive?, there is no /dev/sdc*. ubuntu-disks does not list it. It was fat32 formatted on win7: Nov 8 17:42:13 mortenb upowerd[1783]: unhandled action 'bind' on /sys/devices/...
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No return when trying to access the root directory

I have a fat16 I am currently trying to look at the root directory, but I'm getting little to no return with the following command: sudo dd if=Project1.dd bs=512 | hexdump -C -s $(( 2132*512 )) -n $(( ...
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dosfsck seems to be hanging

When I run sudo dosfsck -w -r -l -a -v -t /dev/disk2s2 It just seems to be hanging after the initial log message. It is doing a very low disk I/O (reads 50MB in an hour) and close to 0 CPU usage. ...
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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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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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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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Can't write on FAT32 partition although having rw mount option?

I have recently moved from Ubuntu 16 to 18 and I have a problem using a partition that I have set it automatically mount on startup. The problem is shift-delete or right click-new folder are not ...
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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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