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This is odd, I have a 8GB flash drive which is formatted fat32 in windows XP its half full but if I try and use it with linux (xandros or ...
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    Fat32 Disk full fault


    This is odd, I have a 8GB flash drive which is formatted fat32 in windows XP its half full but if I try and use it with linux (xandros or backtrack3) it's has got next to no free space.

    Whats going on?

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    Hi and Welcome !

    Does Linux lists files/folders of Flash drive? What is the output of this
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    df -h
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    Hi,

    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    rootfs 1.4G 115M 1.3G 9% /
    /dev/sda1 1.4G 115M 1.3G 9% /
    unionfs 1.4G 115M 1.3G 9% /
    tmpfs 443M 12K 443M 1% /dev/shm
    tmpfs 128M 52K 128M 1% /tmp
    /dev/sdc1 7.5G 7.5G 0 100% /media/DataBar USB2.0/USB_STICK

    as you can see it report dev/sdc1 as full when I know it is not. All the files/folders are accessable. If i look at the properties of the root folder on that device it reports 5000 files in 350 folders occupying 4.5GB which is about right.

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    Check if there is any hidden folder.
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    ls -a
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    Just tried a quick experiment, place a large file (350mb) on the usb stick in windows, plugged it in to the linux machine and deleted it.

    df -h reports
    dev/sdc1 7.5G 7.2G 321M 96% /media/DataBar USB2.0/USB_STICK

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    Is there any Recycled Folder in USB Stick?
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    no hidden folders.... or Recycle folders

    I'm going to fill up the free space with large files in windows then delete them in linux to see if i get the free space back

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    That worked, got the free space back. So I've got a fix but would love to know what is going on.

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