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Windows 7: Formatting 16Gb Flash Drive

01 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Formatting 16Gb Flash Drive

What exactly is ReadyBoost, and do I need it?

Also, I want to format the flash drive from FAT32 to NTFS. Apparently, the default allocation unit for NTFS is 4096 bytes. Do I accept this, or should I change it (see attached png)?

And if I reformat from FAT32 to NTFS, will I be deleting the drive's pre-installed ReadyBoost capability?


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01 Feb 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Many here aren't fond of the ReadyBoost feature and with 8 gb's of quality ram the need is moot, but with that being said if your system allows a portion or all of the drive to allocated to RB then I've noticed slight improvements but ever since upping the ante with the SSD my system won't even recognized a need for it. To my knowledge by reformatting you won't be eliminating the RB feature as it's in W7 and not the flash drive.
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01 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

With 8GB of RAM installed, I wouldn't even bother with ready boost.
You won't see any performance improvements.
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01 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit

OK, linnemeyerhere and p5bdkw. Thanks!
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01 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

You'd be fine to leave the formatting as the default size for NTFS as well.
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01 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 10 Home, 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
You'd be fine to leave the formatting as the default size for NTFS as well.
Good deal. Thanks for that information.
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