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Old 06-08-2017, 09:25 PM   #1
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format usb to ntfs


I had mkfs.ntfs on a usb stick and it worked properly it said.
When I fdisk to see the type to make sure it changed from fat32 to ntfs it still shows fat32. I connected to a windows laptop and checked properties and it says the format is ntfs.
How do I change it in linux (Arch) to show not fat32 or do i even need to do that, will it be fine without changing?


Disk /dev/sdb: 7.6 GiB, 8179941376 bytes, 15976448 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x70285096

Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1 5672 15976447 15970776 7.6G c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
 
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It's largely decorative - you can use fdisk to change the (partition) type if you feel the need to.
 
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So you dont need to change the partition type? It will still work fine? All I am using this for is to save my .vim and .vimrc configs on.
Just wanted to change it to ntfs so that when i felt like plugging in and copying the setting in cygwin vim, the data would not be messed up. Because i have tried before plugging a fat32 stick in the linux machine and putting files on there and when i stuck it back in windows the data was not all there.
 
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So you dont need to change the partition type? It will still work fine?
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Because i have tried before plugging a fat32 stick in the linux machine and putting files on there and when i stuck it back in windows the data was not all there.
Shouldn't happen. Find out what you are doing wrong - you need to umount and wait till the command prompt comes back, or use the appropriate GUI option to eject properly (i.e. safely) before you pull it out.
 
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