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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Morny, Jan 23, 2013.

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  1. Morny

    Morny Thread Starter

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    Hi to all @ TGS

    My laptop is formatted as NTFS and has a partition of FAT32, which is for backup and is handy if I need to roll back for any reason.

    I have 2 external drives and have formatted these to NTFS. All works well but I have since bought 2 flash pen drives and left them as they came which is FAT 32 and their default. I just don't know whether it really makes any difference formatting these to NTFS or just to leave them as they are, please?

    Many thanks
    Morny
     
  2. stantley

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    I would just leave them FAT32, all the flash drives I have are FAT32.

    The only time you would need to format to NTFS is if you plan to transfer a file bigger than 4 GB to the drive, since FAT32 can't handle files bigger than 4 GB.
     
  3. Morny

    Morny Thread Starter

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    Hi Stantley,

    Thank you so much for your reply, it was most helpful and I shall leave my pen drives as they are. With my 2 external drives, I will keep them as NTFS because it would take ages to reformat back to FAT32 because of all the data and files!!

    Warmest Wishes
    xxx
     
  4. DaveBurnett

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    Also NTFS is not a good idea for flash drives as it has both higher overheads and higher write rates which lowers the life of flash
    Microsoft introduce EXFat for flash memory which is Extended Fat that has the ability to use bigger files than 4gb and doesn't have the overheads of NTFS.
    The downside of it is that MS hold the patents and are not making it easy to licence.
     
  5. Morny

    Morny Thread Starter

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    Hi DaveBurnett,

    I hadn't heard of that MS one or how it works, so that is useful to know. I don't think any of my files are that large and so I will stay with FAT32.

    Many thanks for your reply.
     
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