USB2.0 Flash Drive - FAT32 or NTFS

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by TheKid7, Sep 14, 2010.

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  1. TheKid7

    TheKid7 Registered Member

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    What file system do you prefer for USB2.0 Flash Drives: FAT32 or NTFS and why?

    Thanks in Advance.
     
  2. HAN

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    Unless you need the extra security control NTFS can give, or unless you need to store individual files larger than 4GB, then leaving it @ FAT32 doesn't hurt anything and leaves it a bit more universal. For eg., afaik Mac OS can read/write FAT32. But NTFS is read only.
     
  3. The Seeker

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    Always FAT32 for flash drives; I'll move to exFAT when it's more widely supported.
     
  4. pajenn

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    It depends on what I'm using it for. For example, my TV cannot play shows/movies from NTFS flash drives so I use FAT32 for that. Obviously if I need to store files that are over 4GB on it, then I use NTFS. Also, my favorite desktop search engine, Everything, requires NTFS so that's a consideration, whereas many programs that turn flash disks into bootable recovery disks often convert them to FAT or FAT32. In short, I prefer NTFS, but I'll use whatever the job requires.
     
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