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Windows 7: Formatting a flash (thumb) drive: what's safest?


07 Apr 2014   #1

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Formatting a flash (thumb) drive: what's safest?

Apologies if this is not in the best forum.

I just bought a bunch of 2GB flash drives (talking data only; no memory) that I will be copying data on to, and then sending those drives to people. Thing is, there is no way to tell what OS they will be using, be it a Windows OS, or a Mac OS. What is the best bet for formatting, be it FAT32, or NTFS, or...? I'd hate to send a drive to someone, who won't be able to read the data due to incompatibility.

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.

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07 Apr 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Riff,

The safest format would be to use FAT32. This way NTFS permissions will not get carried over to the USB. Plus, FAT32 us fully compatible with Mac OS X.
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08 Apr 2014   #3

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Excellent - thank you!
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08 Apr 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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