FAT32 corruption writing from Linux

Alex Janssen alex at ourwoods.org
Fri Oct 7 03:07:52 UTC 2005


I am having trouble with a mounted FAT32 file system.  I've never 
experienced this before.
I set up the  30GB FAT32 partition, created with Win XP, to share data 
between WinXP and Linux on a dual-boot system.

Some times, more often than not, Windows reports crosslinked files and 
invalid FAT entries after writing to this drive with Linux apps, 
Thunderbird and GIMP I have seen cause this because I use them most 
often with this partition.

I thought I might be mounting it wrong so here's the entry from my fstab:
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
/dev/hdc2    /d2        vfat    rw,users,noauto,conv=b    0    0

If you  see something wrong with this I'd sure like to know.  I added 
the "conv=b" option hoping binary mode might prevent these errors, but 
it does not.

I have to use Windows to clean up the drive after writing with Linux.
I also had this problem with Fedora Core 3.  So I thought I'd try Ubuntu.

Must be the way I hold my mouth when mounting the partition.

Thanks for any help you might provide,

Charlottesville, Virginia

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