Solved Flash Drive won't save 4 zip files, keeps removing the last

April 23, 2012 at 11:28:34
Specs: Windows XP
I have 4 zip folders that I need to save to a 32GB flash drive. I found out yesterday that the flash drive is FAT32 format, so I needed to keep each file under 4GB in order to be able to save them. Each of the 4 files is under 4GB, and all together they only total about 12GB. I can save 3 of the files to the flash drive, but each time I try to save the 4th file the 3rd file saved disappears. There appears to be 19.5GB of space left on the flash drive, why won't it allow the 4th file to be saved?

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April 23, 2012 at 11:55:22
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Of course I try this 10 times and the above happens...then as soon as I post this I try one more time and everything saves normally. Thanks to anyone that looked, it's fine now!

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April 23, 2012 at 12:42:33
Thanks for taking the trouble to pop back to let us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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April 23, 2012 at 13:41:03
If you Google for file limitations with FAT32 you will find there is a file number limitation. With a 32GB flash drive you may have reached it. Long file names and large files can significantly reduce the number.

One solution is to use folders, which can help but NTFS would be better if you can use it. Cluster size with a 32GB partition is 32kb. Default when using NTFS is 4kb.

Is there a reason you are using FAT32, like compatibility with other operating systems?

See the link below as an example of what you can find using Google.

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April 23, 2012 at 22:30:40
You may want to reformat the drive to exFAT, I know it's not natively support on XP and you will have to patch any XP system you us it on, but it fixes the limitation issue and it works with other OS like Mac and Win7.

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