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    FAT partition on USB stick not recognized on Win7 (other part. is OS Ext. (Journaled)

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    FAT partition on USB stick not recognized on Win7 (other part. is OS Ext. (Journaled)
    I have recently bought a 16 GB USB stick, and would like to use it mostly to transfer files from my PC to my Mac, and created a ~ 14 GB partition using "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" for this purpose. I open this partition on Windows 7 via MacDrive.

    Now, I also need a small partition for various file transfers (documents and such) to other Windows PCs which don't have MacDrive installed. I therefore formatted the other ~ 2 GB as "MS-DOS (Fat)".

    The problem is, my Windows PC doesn't recognize the FAT(32?) partition at all.

    What do?

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    FAT partition on USB stick not recognized on Win7 (other part. is OS Ext. (Journaled)
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    is the FAT partition the first or second partition on the drive
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    FAT partition on USB stick not recognized on Win7 (other part. is OS Ext. (Journaled)

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    Second. But I think I have solved the problem by creating one big partition using Ex-FAT. I didn't even know what that was until a few hours ago, but apparently it works like a charm, even for big files.

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    FAT partition on USB stick not recognized on Win7 (other part. is OS Ext. (Journaled)
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    AS a note to anybody else, I am pretty sure that on a mixed disk the FAT partition should be first
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    FAT partition on USB stick not recognized on Win7 (other part. is OS Ext. (Journaled)
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    AS a note to anybody else, I am pretty sure that on a mixed disk the FAT partition should be first
    That is correct with regard to Windows. It doesn't matter for Mac OS X.

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