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#1 terryy

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 03:56 PM

hi there

 

are there any cons, disadvantages to, or problems with reformatting a flash drive to NTFS from the fat32 they come with?

 

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 04:13 PM

Hello, and Welcome

 

The only disadvantage I can see is NTFS is a journaling OS. It would read/write to the flash drive more than a FAT32 OS. That may decrease the life of the flash drive.  With NTFS you also need to be careful that you eject the drive correctly. If you are not copying or transfering a file size over 4GB, you may want to stick with FAT32.



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 04:22 PM

Why do you want to format with NTFS?



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 04:24 PM

thanks john, i didn't know about journaling, i'm not sure i really get it now

 

could you explain please what you mean by "It would read/write to the flash drive more than a FAT32"?



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 04:25 PM

Why do you want to format with NTFS?

in case of more than 4gb, i just wanted to know if there was a reason they were all fat32 and if ntfs was not good



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 10:01 PM

As long as you are under 32GB there isn't a real reason to go NTFS.  FAT32 will allow you to use it on more devices.  NTFS can limit you.






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