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Bhakta Neal 05-27-2012 02:34 PM

File partition causes failure in Kubuntu but NOT Windows
I hope I can describe this issue effectively:

I run a newer Toshiba AMD 64 laptop, dual boot with Windows 7 Home Pr, and Kubuntu 10.04 LTS.

I store all my user files on a separate partition, a Fat32 format, which in the computer is called "Fatass32".

Recently I noticed when accessing files on that drive that Kubuntu really slows to a drag-ass condition, then may eventually freeze the machine completely, causing me to purge via power button. This condition does not occur in Windows, and does not occur when the drive is left alone.

Further, my wife said that when she started Windows recently, it first went through (what I think is) the scan disk or check disk function, where she says it did culminate in a notice of error in a particular file on the Fatass32 drive. No, she did not take note of the full url of that file.

What should my first step be?
Mahalo nui loa!

ps Buenos dias, Eric!

Didier Spaier 05-27-2012 03:42 PM

I would try to check the partition using fsck.vfat or dosfsck. Read the manual first.

Bhakta Neal 05-27-2012 11:45 PM

Thanks Didier.

Im afraid I am not yet advanced enough to use these. I just spent some time reading up and it all seems daunting... and potentially dangerous. I need to read more I guess...

EDDY1 05-28-2012 12:10 AM

Windows 7 is Ntfs & Kubuntu can read ntfs why not create an ntfs partition & transfer everything to that.
I have a dual-boot winsxp & debian and when I installed it complained about the fat32 partition.

Bhakta Neal 05-28-2012 12:36 AM

Thanks EDDY,
But I want to remedy the problem instead of running from it, which I would not learn from, and in which case I would potentially TRANSFER the problem to the new NTFS partition, assuming there is a corrupt file, virus, etc....

EDDY1 05-28-2012 12:49 AM

Then you can unmount partition & use disk-utility to check it.
I will tell you that fat32 has file size limitations

EricTRA 05-30-2012 02:29 AM

Hello Neal,

How's Hawaii treating you buddy?

I'd go with the advice already offered, run a fsck on the partition after unmounting it or run (is it called?) scandisk from Windows to check the partition. I would also convert it to NTFS since there's no problem reading it from within Linux.

Kind regards,


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