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Windows 7: 16Gb flash drive FAT32 or NTFS?

26 Jan 2011   #11

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

exFAT (aka FAT64) is nice, but can xp machines read it? or do they need extra software?

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26 Jan 2011   #12

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
exFAT (aka FAT64) is nice, but can xp machines read it? or do they need extra software?
Install this patch to add exFat support for XP.
Download details: Update for Windows XP (KB955704)
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26 Jan 2011   #13

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

that's what i thought, you can't stick your exFAT stick into an xp box, and expect it to work.

shame.

ntfs looks the better option over exFAT then, and maybe over FAT32 too.
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27 Jan 2011   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeanP View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mickey megabyte View Post
exFAT (aka FAT64) is nice, but can xp machines read it? or do they need extra software?
Install this patch to add exFat support for XP.
Download details: Update for Windows XP (KB955704)
I tested this with my trusty (and old) 1GB flash drive on my Windows XP laptop. Apparently, XP already supports exFAT. Was this support part of a previous Windows XP update?


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27 Jan 2011   #15

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogreen View Post
I tested this with my trusty (and old) 1GB flash drive on my Windows XP laptop. Apparently, XP already supports exFAT. Was this support part of a previous Windows XP update?
Yes. It's part of an XPSP2/3 update:

Description of the exFAT file system driver update package

James
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27 Jan 2011   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gogreen View Post
I tested this with my trusty (and old) 1GB flash drive on my Windows XP laptop. Apparently, XP already supports exFAT. Was this support part of a previous Windows XP update?
Yes. It's part of an XPSP2/3 update:

Description of the exFAT file system driver update package

James
Good deal, James. Thanks for this confirmation.
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27 Jan 2011   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 / OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8
 
 

exFAT is slow, that's my beef with using it and it doesn't appear to show any true advantage over using NTFS. You can't interface exFAT with any MS OS pre-XP or if XP machines aren't on SP2, or if Vista users aren't on at least SP1 so I would suggest NTFS. exFAT is in theory more efficient than NTFS but tests show otherwise, I have a 16GB eSATA flash drive and it takes extra minutes to move data to and from it in exFAT.

One of the inconsequential benefits is how it has the tendency of keeping data less fragmented because flash drives can access data anywhere on the flash memory regardless at the same time.

I use my flash drives to move data between 3 different platforms, Linux, OSX and Windows XP/Vista/7, NTFS will be the best choice in that scenario. A lot of OSX users out there don't use updated builds, only Snow Leopard with the latest release will read exFAT, those on Leopard and Tiger won't.
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27 Jan 2011   #18

 
 

And, speaking of speed (regardless of format)...:

Newegg.com - Patriot Xporter XT Boost 8GB Flash Drive (USB 2.0 Portable) Model PEF8GUSB

Newegg.com - Patriot Xporter XT Boost 16GB Flash Drive (USB 2.0 Portable) Model PEF16GUSB

Reasonably priced and fast. The 8GB (of which I have a few) seems to garner better (and more numerous) user reviews than the 16 GB. The rubber casing seems to be a caveat for some, although no issue for me, and a 1.5' USB ext. cable addresses the complaints of adjacent USB sticks.

James
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27 Jan 2011   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stratos View Post
exFAT is slow, that's my beef with using it and it doesn't appear to show any true advantage over using NTFS. You can't interface exFAT with any MS OS pre-XP or if XP machines aren't on SP2, or if Vista users aren't on at least SP1 so I would suggest NTFS. exFAT is in theory more efficient than NTFS but tests show otherwise, I have a 16GB eSATA flash drive and it takes extra minutes to move data to and from it in exFAT.

One of the inconsequential benefits is how it has the tendency of keeping data less fragmented because flash drives can access data anywhere on the flash memory regardless at the same time.

I use my flash drives to move data between 3 different platforms, Linux, OSX and Windows XP/Vista/7, NTFS will be the best choice in that scenario. A lot of OSX users out there don't use updated builds, only Snow Leopard with the latest release will read exFAT, those on Leopard and Tiger won't.
Very helpful. Thanks!
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27 Jan 2011   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP 1
 
 

I think NTFS wins...
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