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I bought a cheap 256 gig thumb drive and i installed ex-fuse through software manager (tried doing it though the terminal but did not work...)
anyway finally got my drive to read and write but its SUPER SLOW!!! is there any way to speed it up a bit or is it what it is???  Its saying it will take
almost 2 hours to upload about 4 gigs worth of stuff. seems a bit high, when i could do this in about 3 minutes on my old external drive.
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It's not ex-fuse, it's exfat-fuse and exfat-utils .. so the command would have been:
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sudo apt install exfat-fuse exfat-utils

Is this USB stick ever likely to be used in Windows as well as Linux ?

Is it purely for file storage ?

Have you considered a different file system ?

With the USB stick inserted, what's the output from:
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sudo fdisk -l
and
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mount
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Yep thats the one I installed that and it does work sort of ok a few glitches but still reads/writes.
Nope only used for linux, i don't have windows at all ( i can't stand windows). I will post the output
once i get the usb back from a friend who had my files on his computer, who had to transfer them for me
from his.
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btw im using the stick for storage and to play some music and movies off of it with out
having to have them on my internal HD being my laptop only has 80 gigs i'm trying to
play and store my music/movies off external drives.
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Well it would probably be a better idea to format it with a different file system .. NTFS maybe (?), or a Linux file system such as EXT4 (but then Windows won't be able to read it)

Bear in mind, you're going to need to copy everything off it before formatting though ;)
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ok how do i format it for linux???? i didn't do it because i had no idea how to do it.
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Hi iamesperambient, how's it going?  Plug your USB device into your computer.  Open a terminal window and enter the following commands.
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sudo fdisk -l
Hit enter and enter your password if asked.  The output should be similar to mine, shown in the spoiler below.  I'm using a 32.1GB Thumbdrive as the reference.
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sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00088042

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *        2048    41945087    20971520   83  Linux
/dev/sda2        41945088  1448372223   703213568   83  Linux
/dev/sda3      1448372224  1465147391     8387584   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdc: 32.1 GB, 32086425600 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3900 cylinders, total 62668800 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000d9695

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdc1   *        2048    62668799    31333376    b  W95 FAT32
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As you can see my Thumbdrive is Disk /dev/sdc: 32.1 GB, 32086425600 bytes and the partition is /dev/sdc1.  Now enter the following commands, substituting /dev/sdc1 for the partition on your USB drive.

Warning! The following instructions will erase any data on the partition.  Move or, backup any data you may have stored on it before proceding!!
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sudo umount /dev/s***
Hit enter
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sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/s***
Hit enter and that's it.  I hope this helps.  Have fun  ;)!!

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thanks ill give it a try once i can figure out how to back up my files.
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I tried working with the usb in exfat (im a bit scared to format im afraid  i will mess up and ruin my actual drive)
i get this output though when trying to currently moun 'warn not mounted cleanly'. Can someone walk me through
trying to format this thing???? i just want to make sure i'm doing it correctly this drive now has the files that did
upload to it, but once i put new files on them they seem to get corrupted right away.
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If the USB stick is corrupted, but still readable, I suggest you copy everything off it to something else QUICKLY, and before continuing to play with it.

Once you're SURE you have everything backed up on it, come back here and we'll tell you how to format it.
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ok i actually read this
http://askubuntu.com/questions/22381/how-to-format-a-usb-flash-drive
it says i can go to 'disks' and click format on there and use the option to format
for all systems with out writing over everything is that true???
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currently backing up somethings should take around 20 minutes its VERY SLOW!
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actually i dont think the files are corrupted.
I think some how whats on it is fine but anything else
than goes on to it once moved to it just somehow doesn't
work but the files on it appear to be a ok. I still would like to format it
and see if i can get it to work smoother. Is it possible to do it through the disk utilities
like i read in that link?
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Yes, you can format it in Disks .. or with GPArted .. but make sure you copy everything off it first, as formatting is going to wipe it clean.

There is NO way you can format a drive without loosing everything on it
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ok will this option 'for all systems' make it usable on linux, mac and windows?
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