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Old 08-09-2015, 08:15 PM   #1
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Can exFAT instead of FAT cause problems?


That's about the only thing I can think of that I might have done wrong. I downloaded UNetbootin and linux mint, followed the install instructions to load both onto a 64 gig usb tab, installed them both onto it and despite playing with the boot section of the computer (lenovo 10181, windows 8.1) it won't boot up. The most I can get when I chose the usb is the curser sort of hops around in the upper left hand corner of the screen before the computer gives up and loads windows 8 anyway. I used the windows 8 system to format the usb and that only offered me exFAT, should I try with the command prompt and try regular FAT?
 
Old 08-09-2015, 09:48 PM   #2
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A Linux command prompt, yes. A Win8 command prompt, no.
Windows has always been limited to an old driver that wouldn't format larger than (maybe) 2G. If you do it on a Linux system (even a liveCD) you should be ok. Not that I've tried one that big.
 
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Yes, it has to be FAT.

Had nothing to do with an old driver. Microsoft just set the limit for formatting a FAT partition at 32GB starting with XP (If I remember correctly). You can use a smaller (<32GB ) flash drive if you have one or shrink the exiting partition down to 32GB and format as FAT.
 
Old 08-10-2015, 01:45 PM   #4
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Used a smaller 8 G tab and that formatted at FAT, I guess the larger tabs are too big for that.

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