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Thread: Symbolic Link Error with USB Stick

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    Symbolic Link Error with USB Stick

    I used to be able to make a link on my USB stick and then move it to the Ubuntu 12.04 desktop. I formatted the stick in Windows XP, used FAT32 and re-installed all the files onto the stick. When I booted into Ubuntu I could not make any links on the stick. Went to Win XP, formatted back to what it was (FAT) and still get the same error when I try to make a link (for a .txt doc) on the USB stick :

    Error while creating link to DOC.txt

    The target doesn't support symbolic links
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    Re: Symbolic Link Error with USB Stick

    You cannot create symbolic links on FAT filesystems, and I don't think you can on NTFS either. Only *nix filesystems support symbolic links - ext*, xfs, jfs, btrfs etc. But in general, windows can't read *nix filesystems, not because they're secret but because MS doesn't like interoperability.

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    Re: Symbolic Link Error with USB Stick

    Starting with Windows Vista you can have symbolic links on NTFS.

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    Re: Symbolic Link Error with USB Stick

    Quote Originally Posted by cool110 View Post
    Starting with Windows Vista you can have symbolic links on NTFS.
    Ooh. I didn't know that. Thanks.

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    Re: Symbolic Link Error with USB Stick

    ah, that's what it was, I recently switched from Wind 7 which is NTFS

    thanks for taking the time to reply ...
    Last edited by Samurai Penguin; October 14th, 2012 at 07:15 AM.
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