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Windows 7: USB drive formatting back to FAT32 after formatting to NTFS

26 Jul 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
USB drive formatting back to FAT32 after formatting to NTFS

Last night, I tried to transfer a video file as I've done dozens of times. It didn't work. I tried a second time and realized it was because the file was more than 4GB which FAT32 USB drives will not accept.

I successfully formatted the new USB drive to NTFS.

My question is can I convert it back to FAT32? Can I do this using the same method (right-click drive checked off and optimized performance then right-click and select NTFS) I did from FAT32 to NTFS or is something else required?

Is it dangerous to due this? I will only be using this USB stick on my Windows laptops, dvd player and not on my iMac.

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28 Jul 2014   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro x64

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,

You are correct, you can just format the drive back to FAT32 and no it shouldn't cause any issues doing this.
I have swapped between file system types many times and never had an issue.

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28 Jul 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks Jamie.
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