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Old 03-10-2012, 12:53 PM   #1
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USB Stick (FAT16) get corrupted files; what new format should I use?


hello,
an USB stick (FAT16) is getting corrupted files (I was informed, files cannot be stored on it).
So, I would like to re-format it.
Which format?
This stick will be connected later to linux / windows and apple computers (for exchanging personal files).

FAT32?
ext2? (probably not.. Win PC will not read it?)
 
Old 03-10-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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Hi,

If your files on the USB stick are getting randomly corrupted, then the issue is the device itself. However, if you think it is just a few bad blocks or something, reformatting it should work. FAT32 should be used for devices >2GB and need to be easily readable by Windows/Linux/Mac. But all of the partitioning software I used automatically selects the appropriate FS.


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Old 03-10-2012, 05:53 PM   #3
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Throw it away. Format doesn't affect the ability to store data properly.
 
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if is is fat 16 and the files are bigger than 32 meg ....
or the file names are long ....
 
Old 03-11-2012, 12:08 AM   #5
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I agree with jefro. The memory stick is no good. Best thing you can do is throw it away unless you like pulling your hair out for nothing.
 
Old 03-11-2012, 04:17 AM   #6
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Throw it away. Format doesn't affect the ability to store data properly.
Agreed, they are not too expensive nowadays anyways
 
Old 04-11-2012, 05:53 PM   #7
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So, I copied all files to a new stick (FAT32).
The old stick was verified with GPARTED, check function .. (I will throw it away another day).
 
  


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