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Format Flash Drive - NTFS or Fat 32?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by larryh10000, Mar 28, 2019.

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  1. larryh10000

    larryh10000 Thread Starter

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    I have a 32 gig flash drive that I want to format. I know how to do it but before it starts formatting, it asks if I want to format it with FAT 32 or NTFS. All my computers are running Windows 10 and are 64 bit, but I don't think that has anything to do with this process

    Should I select FAT 32 or NTFS to format this Flash Drive?

    Thanks
     
  2. Johnny b

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    Fat 32 is the default for most flash drives. But Fat 32 has a 4 gb limited size for any individual file.
    If you want to save 4 gb files or larger, NTFS is the way to go.
     
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  3. larryh10000

    larryh10000 Thread Starter

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    Thanks Johnny b
    I'll most likely go with the default - I will leave this posting open for another day or two and then mark it solved.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. Johnny b

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    You're welcome :)
     
  5. crjdriver

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    Some uses of a flash drive require FAT or FAT32. If you are updating a bios, then the drive must be in FAT/FAT32 format since the bios utilities ie qflash, ezflash, instant flash, etc can only read fat.
    Unless you need to copy very large files, then just use the default.
     
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    Depends on how it will be used.

    I have to use FAT32 for my car USB drives and for the drive I keep handy for booting/BIOS. Otherwise, for everything else PC related, I use NTFS.
     
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