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Windows 7: Flash drive FAT32 v NTFS

2 Weeks Ago   #1
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 
Flash drive FAT32 v NTFS

Hi Folks, I have a 32gb flash drive in FAT32 format containing 158 folders some have sub folders total size 24.4gb. All are music albums in MP3 format as this is all I can use to play them in my car.
One of the albums was corrupted (unknown name) forcing me to reformat the drive as it could not be deleted. Replacing them from an HDD in NTFS took almost 1 hour.
After a short period of use, another file got corrupted, (a Leonard Cohen folder) so I did the same again.
Then it happened again as in my image.
Flash drive FAT32 v NTFS-rr.jpg

Please note I am not looking for a fix for this.

The flash drive had only been used on my Desktop wired pc, when it was attached to my Laptop, I got this:-
Flash drive FAT32 v NTFS-rr1.png

I accessed the files on my flash drive and was able to delete all of the corrupt files as in above image.
Isn't life fun!!!!

I now have that same flash drive formatted to NTFS and it is working perfectly but not used in my car.

A brief explanation would be appreciated.




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2 Weeks Ago   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Hello Roderunner,

Perhaps the Desktop wired PC has a faulty USB connection, or maybe has a virus of some kind. When was the last time this computer had a virus scan? Had you checked Device Manager for faulty devices?
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iko22 View Post
Hello Roderunner,

Perhaps the Desktop wired PC has a faulty USB connection, or maybe has a virus of some kind. When was the last time this computer had a virus scan? Had you checked Device Manager for faulty devices?
My Desktop pc works perfectly. What I want to know is why a flash drive will work in NTFS but not so well in FAT32.
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

The default for all flash drive is FAT32 format, basically because Fat is universal (Linux, Windows, Mac).
The only explanation for corruption files is a bad connection while writing or a bad drive.
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
My Desktop pc works perfectly. What I want to know is why a flash drive will work in NTFS but not so well in FAT32.
NTFS is a journaling file system but FAT32 is not. Journaling helps prevent corruption when file writes are interrupted when they are not complete, which happens a lot with usb drives because people do not wait for (or even use) the "its safe to remove your device now" message. Waiting for that message is important because cache writing may be on by default so you think the files being written are done but they are really not.
NTFS journaling - Wikipedia
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2 Weeks Ago   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

My guess is the drive is failing.
When used with FAT32 the bad blocks are being used in a folder structure where the problem is easily visible. When used with NTFS the blocks may currently be unused or used as data blocks. In the latter case you would not see the problem unless you played the effected file.
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2 Weeks Ago   #7
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
The default for all flash drive is FAT32 format, basically because Fat is universal (Linux, Windows, Mac).
The only explanation for corruption files is a bad connection while writing or a bad drive.
FAT32 is only for drives upto 32gb

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
NTFS is a journaling file system but FAT32 is not. Journaling helps prevent corruption when file writes are interrupted when they are not complete, which happens a lot with usb drives because people do not wait for (or even use) the "its safe to remove your device now" message. Waiting for that message is important because cache writing may be on by default so you think the files being written are done but they are really not.
NTFS journaling - Wikipedia
Drive is still working in NTFS without trouble.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
My guess is the drive is failing.
When used with FAT32 the bad blocks are being used in a folder structure where the problem is easily visible. When used with NTFS the blocks may currently be unused or used as data blocks. In the latter case you would not see the problem unless you played the effected file.
Thanks
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