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Windows 7: Memory Stick Question?


14 Nov 2009   #1

W'7 Home Premium
 
 
Memory Stick Question?

I bought my FIRST Memory Stick, 16GB, to use wehn I uprgrade from W'7 Trial Version to Retail Version.........the seller said it was compatible with Vista and W'7'; I put the stick into my USB port and it showed it had FAT 32 on it and, NOT knowing for sure, I figured that it probably should have NTFS system on it before I transfer things on to it. I told my W'7 to format it to NTFS and it came back that it could not be done.

Please tell me IF I can use this stick with FAT32 to store data off of my present W'7 OS - to be re-installed onto a NEW install of W'7 in the near future.....OR.....does this stick have to have NTFS on it????

THANKS michael


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14 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Leave it as default FAT32 is a fine file system. I would not change it unless you need to. There are not many reasons to change.

Plus FAT32 is good for updating your BIOS, and other stuff.

And welcome to the forums
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14 Nov 2009   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I have no idea of why the seller would say that the drive wasn't compatible with Windows 7, I've never heard of such a thing. I have a 16GB Corsair Flash Voyager and an OCZ 16GB flash, and haven't had any problems with either compatibility wise.
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14 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I have no idea of why the seller would say that the drive wasn't compatible with Windows 7, I've never heard of such a thing. I have a 16GB Corsair Flash Voyager and an OCZ 16GB flash, and haven't had any problems with either compatibility wise.
If you read the post again you will see that the seller said it was compatible.
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14 Nov 2009   #5

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Sorry, that is what sometimes happen when I scan too fast.
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14 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The only reason I have ever permanently formatted a USB flash drive is for my Windows 7 install 4GB drive.

I didn't even need to do this. I followed the tutorial here but you can use FAT32 for this as well.

There are reasons I'm sure but I can't think of any besides that right now.

Hope this helped the OP.
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14 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The only reason you might have to format NTFS is if you need to store a single file over 4GB in size.
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14 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
The only reason you might have to format NTFS is if you need to store a single file over 4GB in size.
There's one I couldn't think of. haha
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14 Nov 2009   #9

W'7 Home Premium
 
 

THANKS to ALL!!! Sounds like I'm GOOD to GO with this Flash Drive. NOW - to figure out the most important things to take off of this W'7 RC before I UPGRADE it.
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14 Nov 2009   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

You can't upgrade the RC. You said that you have the retail vesion, but I've found that term is used ubiquitiously to name many versions of the OS. If truely full retail, no problem. You simply do a clean install into an empty partion. If upgrade, it depends on whether you have Vista installed or not. If you have XP, then somewhat like the retail, you do a clean install also. I wouldn't uninstall the RC until I had the retail installed properly...plus you have until March 31 before it becomes inop.
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