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Thread: 12.04 64bit: Problem moving files to ntfs and FAT32

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    12.04 64bit: Problem moving files to ntfs and FAT32 usb storage

    In 12.04 LTS 64bit I experience a serious problem moving files between my ext4 partitions and ntfs or FAT32 storage. The copying goes on for a while but then suddenly freezes at about %90 of progress. Moving files with ctrl+x results in data loss as the moving can never be concluded and the source files get deleted. Only ntfs and FAT32 external usb 2.0 drives are affected and copying to ext4 or ntfs harddisk partitions goes on smoothly.
    Last edited by barisurum; May 29th, 2012 at 02:17 PM.
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    Re: 12.04 64bit: Problem moving files to ntfs and FAT32

    First of all, don't "MOVE" files - COPY them first, then delete the source when the copy has completed. That way, you never have to risk corruption.

    Second, have you checked your hard disk S.M.A.R.T. health with SmartMonTools? In Ubuntu, install GSmartControl (a graphical interface to SmartMonTools) and check the Attributes tab on each hard drive. Any attributes highlighted in red? Which ones?

    If your hard drives turn out to have no S.M.A.R.T. issues, then check the filesystems. Check your ext4 filesystem with e2fsck . Check your NTFS and FAT32 filesystems with the Windows chkdsk program (available by booting a Windows disc).

    For your information, I have used NTFS partitions with Ubuntu for years without issue.

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