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Questions tagged [fat32]

FAT32 is an older file system that's largely relegated to USB flash drives and other external drives.

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How does macOS implement symbolic link in Mojave on FAT32 filesystems?

I remember in the past, not all types of aliases (as in the macOS feature) can be created on all filesystems. This is because symbolic link (as in the type of file) is a special Unix file type, ...
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Problems with saving to external USB Flash Storage

I have an external USB Flash storage which is generally realiable. When editing text files on the drive I often get the message: The document “…” could not be saved. The file doesn’t exist. However,...
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Windows FAT32 file system is unreadable

I know there is no difference between MS-DOS FAT32 and Windows FAT32 file system and there are only FAT16 and FAT32 but Disk Utility identifies FAT differently and in my case USB drive with Windows ...
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Can't copy to FAT32 MBR file size more than 2 GB

For some reason I can't copy file more than 2 GB size on a FAT32 MBR USB. I thought the maximum file size limit is 4 GiB (exactly 4 GiB-1 Byte) on a FAT32. I've reformatted the USB again with Disk ...
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Can you read and write from and to APFS under High Sierra to FAT external hard-drives?

Like many I have backups on external hard-drives, some are in HFS and others are in FAT32 or NTFS. What happens to those backups with APFS ? I won't be able to access, read and write to or from them ...
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Directory modification dates on FAT32 USB stick in OSX

I'm moving my files from Windows XP to OSX Sierra, and having trouble with rsync and directory modification dates. For now, I have moved the files from XP to a FAT32 USB drive using XP, and when I ...
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fsck_msdos keep blocking external HD

MacOS Sierra 10.12.5 early 2015 MacBook pro 13inch Transcend 1TB Keep doing this since 2015 when I bought both. Every time it is disconnected improperly it hangs a long time upon trying to remount it ...
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SD card left with barely any space after formatting it to ExFAT

I'm currently trying to jailbreak my Wii with an SD card and am using a MacBook Pro (El Capitan) to format the card to ExFat. The card is 32 gigs, but is reduced down to a mere 30 MBs after formatting ...
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What is wrong if mounting a FAT with Windows 7 is impossible due to Unsupported sector size (0)

I have OS X 10.9.5 with a bootcamp partition but I am not able to mount the partition from inside Mavericks. Booting from it also fails. $ sudo mount -t msdos /dev/disk0s4 /fat_mount mount_msdos: ...
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Mount FAT32 partition (external drive) on Mac

I have an external disk drive of 2TB with two partitions, one NTFS and another with FAT32 format. The NTFS partition is automatically mounted when i plug the device using Paragon NTFS but I don't ...
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How to format an SD card to fat32 with custom Allocation Block Size

I would like to format an SD card to fat32 with 64kb Block Size. Disk utility seems to do use 32kb by default and there is no option to change this. Is there a terminal command to do what I want to do?...
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FAT (file allocation table) variant used when disk is formatted using OS X (macOS) disk utility

Disk Utility on OS X (macOS) shows "MS-DOS (FAT) " as one of the format options FAT (File Allocation Table) has many variants like FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32 My questions are mentioned below: Which FAT ...
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Time machine: include external FAT drive

I am trying to backup an external FAT drive with time machine on a new WD HFS+ formatted hard drive, and I've read it is possible. However, I find it in the excluded list, and I cannot remove it ...
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How to change FAT32 file attributes under OS X?

FAT and FAT32 file systems support file attributes like "read only". How can I change those under OS X? The standard chmod command does not seem to do the trick. How else can I do this?
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How is `cp -R` different from CTRL-C/CTRL-V?

My system is OS X El Capitan 10.11.5. I copied from my OS X Extended filesystem to FAT32 about 30 Gb files by Ctrl+C / Ctrl+V. Now, I received a proposal to do it by cp -R. I am wondering how ...
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Format USB for Samsung TV

What's the simplest way to format a USB stick and write some video files to it in order for the Samsung TV to read it? As far as I know Samsung TVs support the FAT format (or maybe ExFAT too), but if ...
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El Capitan Fat32 partition problem

I have a strange problem in El Capitan. I have a second internal drive which is divided into two partitions: one Fat32 and one HFS+ Journaled. I do not see this drive in console when I type diskutil ...
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I can't transfer data from my hard drive (FAT32) to my laptop

I have been using this hard drive for a while now and recently I haven't been able to transfer files from the hard drive. I have stored close to 500 GB of data and now that I am trying to move some of ...
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What Is The Fastest Fromatting Cluster Size? [closed]

I've bought a new USB 3.0 stick and I would like to optimize it for speed. Currently, I'm struggling with the cluster size or block size. I've read a lot about it but I could not find a clear answer ...
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How to move files to pendrive (NTFS/FAT)?

I'm using Macbook (Yosemite) as my main computer right now, I'm downloading a lot of movies and whatnot from the internet on my Mac and I want to move them to my pendrive so I will be able to watch ...
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Can files be exchanged between FAT32 and HFS+ partitioned drive?

I just got a LaCie 1TB external hard drive and I have a MacBook Air with OS X 10.8. I often exchange movie and music files with friends that have PCs. If I were to partition my drive to have 250 ...
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USB-Stick (Format: FAT) retaining incomplete files

I'm having a problem deleting files from a USB-Stick, which is formatted with FAT. I tried transferring files from my Mac to the USB-Stick, and if I remember correctly, removed it from the USB-port ...
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Folder cannot be deleted from Trash

I have three nested folders in my trash: folder1/folder2/folder3. They were on an external FAT32 drive but were deleted, along with all the files inside them, a while ago. When I try to empty the ...
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How to create several partitions on an external hard, recognizable by both windows and mac?

I have an external hard drive, which already has a bootable partition for a Snow Leopard installation disk, and a bootable partition for Mavericks, both created with Mac OS X and working fine in ...
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How to create third partition on a Mac with Mavericks and Bootcamp? [duplicate]

Right now I am running OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) on my MacBook Pro, with Windows 7 via Boot Camp, and I also have a third FAT32 partition where I share data between Mac/Windows. I am going to ...
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Need to burn FAT32 CD from Snow Leopard

Please tell me how to burn a FAT32 CD under Snow Leopard (10.6.8). I have tried multiple approaches, including creating a FAT32 .dmg properly sized for the disc, and burning from the Finder or from ...
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Why is 64GB SD Card “unreadable”?

When I insert my 64GB SanDisk Micro SDXC Card into my 2012 MacBook Pro (in a MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC Adapter that works with other Micro SD cards), a popup dialog informs me that "The disk you inserted was ...
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Should I reformat a disk if Disk Utility asks me to?

I have a FAT32 external disc that was suddenly unmounted as I was using it. When I reconnected it and tried to Repair it in Disk Utility, I got the following messages: Verify and Repair volume “...
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Can't write to Fat32 MicroSD disk

I have a disk, it is MicroSD and I have a macbook. I enter said disk into said Macbook and when I try to copy I get... /Volumes/SDCARD/file.img: Read-only file system I tried the ole...... sudo ...
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USB Boot iMac 4,1

I have a Fat32 USB that I would like to boot on my iMac 4,1. The Mac does not recognize the device from the boot menu (option key on boot) and I have tried the Plop disk but it freezes when it says ...
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Encryption on USB - Mac & Windows partitions

I have a 64GB USB stick which I want to use on both my (Mountain Lion) iMac and my (work) Windows 7 laptop. I don't want to or need to share files across platforms and require the following ...
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Hard drive defect? Help me recover my music!

I've an old iPod Classic with 80 GB of Storage, suddenly it stopped showing any music. I can still access the files on it (with Windows Explorer). Copying all files is possible but it stops at a ...
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How to write on FAT32 and NTFS from Mountain Lion? [duplicate]

What is the best free software for OS X Mountain Lion for enabling write support for FAT32 and NTFS?
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USB flash drive in ExFat doesn't unmount

I need to transfer large files (9 GB) from my Mac to a PC. I bought a 64 GB flash drive, and it wouldn't work because it was in FAT 32 format and I couldnt transfer such a large file. I reformatted ...
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Assisting Boot Camp Assistant

I decided to "give a hand" to Boot Camp and partition my drive, setting aside a FAT32 partition for installing windows (through Boot Camp) in the future. Can one do this or does Boot Camp Assistant ...
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Why does OS X format MS-DOS filesystems so much faster than Windows does?

When I format a MS-DOS filesystem using Disk Utility in Mac OS X it takes only a few seconds, but when I format a FAT32 filesystem in Windows it takes several minutes. What is OS X doing differently?
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Can Mac OS lion and Win 7 (Vmware Fusion) Access Fat32 Partition?

Is it possible that I can make partitions on Mac other than the one holding OSX as FAT32. I want to access it via Mac and also when I run Win7 on Vmware Fusion. I can then add that FAT32 partition as ...
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Autodeleting resource forks on FAT disks

I totally hate to see those .dsstore and resource files on my Windows disks. Is there a free program that will autodelete those files on specified disks on logout/eject?
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Backing up entire drive (10.4.11) to FAT32 external for complete wipe

I'm quite inexperienced with OS X, despite being a fairly competent Windows techie, so I definitely need some help with this ancient family computer. It's an old Mac Mini, has a lot of photos, music, ...
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Moving files >4GB from a Mac to a Windows box

Normally, when I want to take video files from my Mac to friends who use Windows, I move the files on a FAT32-formatted flash drive or external hard drive, but FAT32 cannot handle files larger than ...
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Can Disk Utility format an SD card with FAT32?

In the pulldown for "Format", there are only the following options (other than various Mac OS Extended variations): MS-DOS (FAT) and ExFAT.