USB Stick 16Gb ,what kinf of format should i use?

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  1. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    Hi
    i use xp sp3 32bit

    well i have some usb key kingston of 16Gb
    what kind of format should i use?

    i can format f16(fat) or fat32

    i read that fat32 has a limit of 4gb on the usbkey

    what should i do ?

    thanks
     
  2. tgell

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    You should have no problem formating with FAT32. Your only limitation with FAT32 is that you could not transfer files larger than 2GB. If you do not plan on doing that, stick with FAT32. If you need to transfer files larger than 2GB,you could format it with exfat which is a new file system for larger usb drives. It can format over 32GB. Formating a usb drive with NTFS causes a lot of wear on the drive because it is a journaling system, causing a lot of writes to the device.

    You will need to install the driver first.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955704
     
  3. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    thans very much

    but can i use a usb stick of 16 or 32gb on a tv , or a dvd player?
     
  4. tgell

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    Not sure about that. Shouldn't be a problem though once it's formated.
     
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    Yes you can use Stick or SDHC on some HDTV that support this feature like Panasonic and it's Blue-Ray players have this feature both USB and SDHC slots.

    Format them in FAT which is the fastest speed for them. FAT32 would be use more if you had issues with the limited size of FAT. If you do FAT32 set the block to 4096.
     
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