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#1 sceadugenga

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 02:11 AM

I was carrying on about a new USB stick with a claimed storage of 16gb that would not hold two movies of less than 10.

 

I was told to reformat the disk using FatX or something but I found an option of exFat that seems to have given me more space.

 

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#2 gavinseabrook

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 02:25 AM

Fat only has the ability to hold a certain size of files (The actual file size). Format it with NTFS if you want to use the full space. 


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 02:55 AM

exFAT is specifically designed for use on flash drives, but few people are aware of it. It's the native file system for SDXC cards. Your USB stick that could not accept 2 files just over 4GB each in size was almost certainly formatted as FAT32, which can only store files of less than 4GB. You should be able to happily use exFAT on the drive unless you encounter an Operating System that doesn't recognize it. Windows natively uses it from Vista on, XP requires a patch applied. Mac OS X supports exFAT from 10.6.6


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 03:10 AM

Thanks for that.






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