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(Solved) - Fat32 vs NTFS for formatting flash drives

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  • Started 1 year ago by zepe
  • Latest reply from vistamike
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zepe
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Flash drives come formatted with FAT32. Sooo, if NTFS is so much better, why not use that? Why do they pre-format tham with FAT32?

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Xhi
Xhi
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Main reason --- Not all flash drive buyers are Windows users. Not all devices that use flash drives accept NTFS. FAT-32 supports more users.

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zepe
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Duuuuh. I should have remembered that

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Xhi
Xhi
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Luckily, I remembered. Hmmm, now where are my teeth?

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Lighthouse
Lighthouse
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They are where you left them.

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vistamike
vistamike
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Some explanation here to read; http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/format-usb-drive/

Fat32 formatting is used to be recognised in all operating systems and there is a limit of 4gb file in this case.

XP and Vista might not like the NTFS format, but you can reformat if you so wish.

All my flash drives are reformatted to NTFS without issue

But the most important point is, ensure your purchase is an original one, seen so many dodgy ones in the past.

Mike

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