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FlashDrive = ExFAT or NTFS ???

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by BearKiller, Feb 16, 2017 at 3:57 AM.

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  1. BearKiller

    BearKiller Thread Starter

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    I have read and read and the more I read the more confused I become.
    I have some new 16GB flash-drives that are FAT32; I need these to accept files larger than 4GB.
    It is very doubtful that these will ever be used on anything other than a Windows machine.
    Should I format these ExFAT or NTFS ?

    Thanks for reading.
     
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  3. crjdriver

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    NTFS would be my choice.
     
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    I format all of my 8 GB capacity USB2 thumb drives in NTFS.
    They work fine in all of the 4 operating systems(XP, Vista, 7, 10) that I use.

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  6. BearKiller

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    Thanks! everyone.
    I was sort of leaning toward NTFS; however, the permissions thing had me wondering.
    Mostly, these flash-drives/memory-sticks/thumb-drives/what-have-you will be used by the wife loading picture-images onto them for transferring to her various friends/relatives machines, plus sometimes using them to print from at the drug-store kiosk thingie.
    I don't think anything we would ever do would be a security concern; surely no one would be interested in pirating pictures of Aunt Ethel's 85th birthday party.
     
  7. DavisMcCarn

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    I just had a client who went on an extended trip only to discover that all of the files on her external drive gave her "access denied" errors.
     
  8. crjdriver

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    Permissions are a simple fix. FWIW I use a ntfs formatted flash drive on my company tablet [win10] without any issues whatsoever.
     
  9. managed

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    I would check what file system(s) the drug store printer can work with if that's a real concern.
     
  10. plodr

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    Currently we have at least 40 USB sticks of various sizes and different manufacturers in the house. (Currently 8 computers and two tablets too).
    I have never formatted any new stick.

    I do format when I wipe a linux live distro off a stick and then to FAT32. I use the sticks between Windows, Android and linux so FAT32 works fine for all those OSes. No need to give myself a headache when a stick works in one device but not another.

    I can put a stick with movies or tv programs in the standalone DVD player connected to the kitchen tv and watch programs.
     
  11. crjdriver

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    Liz he needs to copy files >4gig. That is why it needs to be formatted ntfs. FAT32 has a file size limit of 4gig.
     
  12. plodr

    plodr Liz

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    Thanks, I missed that. I have lots of large files but nothing over 4GB. In fact, I'd probably use a portable hard drive rather than a stick for files larger than 4GB; better flash memory in external hard drives than on sticks.
     
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