2Gb usb stick, is vfat, needs to be fat32

Colin Law clanlaw at gmail.com
Sun Dec 21 07:51:45 UTC 2014


On 21 December 2014 at 06:23, Gene Heskett <gheskett at wdtv.com> wrote:
> On Sunday 21 December 2014 00:50:00 Doug did opine
> And Gene did reply:
>> On 12/21/2014 12:35 AM, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> > What do I do to change it to FAT32?
>> >
>> > Thanks.
>> >
>> > Cheers, Gene Heskett
>>
>> I think you have to reformat it and tell the format routine what
>> file-system to install. The easiest way to deal with such things is
>> GParted, and that's most useful if you download a live version of it
>> and burn it to a CD or to a flash drive, if your machine will boot on
>> a flash drive. Just be careful what disk and partition you select to
>> modify, or you could wipe out your system!
>>
>> --doug
>
> I did that, and when I was done, a pair of files and a directory
> containing those same files was still there.

What files?

>  Then I found another
> problem, the target machine can't read from a filesystem greater than 4G
> and its an 8Gb usb stick.
>
> So I am wondering it gparted can "partition" it for a 1Gb first partition?

Yes of course, just delete any existing partition and make a new one
of whatever size you like, or if you have an existing partition of the
right type you can shrink it to the new size.  You can leave the rest
of the stick unformatted.

Colin



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