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Re: Is it safe to write to a vfat32 partition?



On Mon, 2006-10-16 at 11:56 -0700, George Arseneault wrote:
> I have an HP-Pavilion with a 40GB main drive which has
> Windows on it and a 8GB secondary drive on which I
> mounted FC5.  Needless to say, I'd rather have MP3's,
> jpeg's and such on the big drive. 
> 
> I've got it set up so I can mount the Win drive
> read-only. Since, I believe I read it somewhere, that
> writing to a VFat partition can sometimes cause
> errors.
> 
> Is this true?

Only if you lose power to the drive while the write is happening as
VFAT has no journal.

Other than that, writing to a VFAT or FAT16/24/32 filesystem is quite
safe.  The Windows-based FS you WILL have issues with is NTFS.

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