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Windows 7: USB Flash drive format?

30 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
USB Flash drive format?

Hi I have an 8 GB flash drive that is formatted as FAT32. Will I mess it up if I use W 7 to reformat it as NFTS?

The reason is because TrueCrypt can install larger containers in NFTS.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2010   #2


W7 should recognize either partition type.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

You shouldnt have any problems. Lifetime of the device will drop a little as NTFS keeps access times so you write to the device more... but it doesnt hurt it nearly as much as readyboost would.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 64 bit build 7600

Rather than NTFS, which can decrease the lifetime, why not format it into exfat (extended file allocation table). Its slightly better than fat 32 in terms of file arrangement, and the file size limit gone in exfat. Simply use the exfat option instead of the ntfs or fat 32.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7

Thank you all. Very helpful.
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