File Allocation Table (FAT) is a computer file system architecture now widely used on many computer systems and most memory cards, such as those used with digital cameras.

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USB drive not working on Windows after connecting it to Fedora

When I connect my USB with FAT file system to Fedora and after that when I try to connect it to my Windows 8 machine, it says that drive is "corrupted or data is unreadable". This error does not ...
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Peristent LiveCD: Allow user to write-access to usb key

Using kubuntu liveCD in persistent mode, I'd like to allow user to write on boot usb key (to put data out of "casper" file). USB (root) is auto mounted in /cdrom kubuntu is "main" user (uid 999) ...
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How to finally mount FAT16 USB flash drive

I have 4GB USB flash drive stick plugged into laptop on debian 8.1. It contains one bootable partition 2GB created and formatted as FAT16 in Windows. What only I did try everything didn't. Maybe I am ...
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After rsync no files exist

From my Ubuntu server I used rsync to copy all my data to my USB drive (FAT). After copying the data (it needed quite a while to copy so I guess the copying did happen) I deleted it from the server. ...
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openSUSE Live USB with windows-accessible FAT32 partition

I have a 64gb flash drive. I want to set it up so I can use it for windows-accessible Fat32 data storage while also being able to boot to it using a large (20-30gb) persistent openSUSE live USB ...
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dpkg replacing files on a FAT filesystem

When you upgrade or reinstall a package with dpkg (and ultimately anything that uses it, like apt-get etc) it backs up the existing files by creating a hard link to the file before replacing it. That ...
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/etc/fstab/ rw option is being ignored for mircosd card partition in ArchLinux

I have ArchLiinux Linux comp001 3.18.7-1-ARCH #1 PREEMPT Wed Feb 11 11:38:34 MST 2015 armv6l GNU/Linux for Arm installed on rPi and here is my /etc/fstab file: # # /etc/fstab: static file system ...
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Writing to exfat doesn't persist between mounts?

I... Bought a microSD card to store music on, for my Samsung Galaxy S4. Inserted it into the S4 and formatted the card (exFat). Installed fuse-exfat and exfat-utils and inserted the card into my ...
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Repair or recover seemingly damaged partition on USB external disk

A friend brought this WD My Passport external harddrive to me to see if I could recover her files. The device is "not working" after a power outage. As per her testimony, when the device is connected ...
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FAT file-system between the MBR and first partition

I have an old 64MB USB flash-disk which seems to have MBR: root@3:~# fdisk -lu /dev/sdd Disk /dev/sdd: 64 MB, 64880640 bytes 2 heads, 54 sectors/track, 1173 cylinders, total 126720 sectors Units = ...
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FAT Mountoption allow_utime explained

I trying to figure out what the following Mountoption for (v)FAT exactly does (in Linux): allow_utime=### -- This option controls the permission check of mtime/atime. 20 - If ...
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how to get filesystem creation time/date for vfat on linux

I want the date, when the filesystem on a usb stick was created. This would be the age of the stick in my case, since I have not recreated it. I have found how to do this for files and ext ...
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mkfsdos: define the size of FAT16|32 file system on USB pendrive in Linux

Question: How does one define the size of a FAT16 / FAT 32 file system with mkdosfs in Linux I want to create a, say 2 GB FAT16|32 filesystem on a partition in the size of 8 GB or more? This is how ...
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Making a FAT disk write-only or “hidden” [closed]

I have a USB device that by itself writes to some built-in flash memory. When it's plugged into a PC, it works like a USB mass storage device with a FAT fs. The device cannot be configured in any ...
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Why doesn't the Linux vfat driver allow certain characters?

The Linux vfat driver seems to disallow certain characters in vfat long file names: ?<>\:*|". I understand that Windows doesn't support these characters, but Wikipedia seems to indicate that the ...
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No space left on device / No Inodes free OR used / Double mounting

For about a day now I can only create/cp/mv (through terminal or various GUI programs) files on my FAT16 formatted USB stick, of about a few bytes. Doing so with larger files reports cannot create ...
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Rsyncing files with special characters to USB FAT32

I want to copy a large number of files to a USB drive that is formatted FAT32 (and cannot be formatted anything else, unfortunately). Many of these files have names with characters such as : and ? ...
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A clever way to defragment a FAT filesystem?

What is the best way to defragment a FAT filesystem when running Linux/Unix (on usb stick for instance)? Copy all content elsewhere, format, copy back again? Use FreeDOS defrag utility, in a KVM ...
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Reserved characters in file names

I was under the impression that the only character not allowed in file names was /, but I don't seem to be able to create a file whose name contains characters such as *, \, ", :, |, < or > ...
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Howto configure autofs to work with usbsticks formatted with differend filesystems

I have some USB-sticks using fat32 as filesystem and others using ext4. Now I want to configure autofs to mount the sticks automatically. To make sure that the user can write to fat32 sticks I use ...
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How to change the volume name of a FAT32 filesystem?

I know I can set the volume name when I format the partition with the -n option of mkfs.vfat. But how to just change the name without formatting? I especially want to be able to use lower and ...
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Linux, fat32 and etc/fstab

I mounted a FAT32 drive onto my Linux computer using the following terminal command: > sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/exampleFolderName -o dmask=000, fmask=111 I did this so I could share / edit ...
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Where can I see the last mount time?

E.g: I need to know when was the last time a pendrive was mounted. Where could I see that? The pendrive has e.g.: FAT32, EXT3 filesystem.
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Change file creation time on a FAT filesystem

I need a way to change the creation time of a file on a mounted FAT32 volume. I have to do that because my MP3 player will only read files sorted by this creation time. If I can find a way to set the ...
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renaming a fat16 volume

What's the easiest way to rename (change the volume label of) a fat16 volume (e.g. on a USB drive) from linux? It seems like mlabel from the mtools package is meant to do this, but the documentation ...
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Mount USB (FAT) in Gentoo

Can somebody show me how to make Gentoo mount my USB? This is what I got when trying mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt: mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb1, missing codepage ...