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Windows 7: Should I format the flash drives FAT32 or NTFS?

10 May 2015   #1

Windows 64 bit
Should I format the flash drives FAT32 or NTFS?

Hi im going to be moving files which are 4gb+ from my computer over to my ps3. To do this should I format the usb to FAT32 or NTFS?


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10 May 2015   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I would choose NTFS.
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10 May 2015   #3

Windows 64 bit

Okay thanks for the quick reply!
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10 May 2015   #4

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

... or exFAT
FAT32 cannot handle files larger than 4GB - but exFAT can.
One possible problem with formatting flash drives as NTFS is that they may be seen as permanent drives in Windows - and System Restore /VSS may write to them as well.
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10 May 2015   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

NTFS is a nice option and much more stable and safer than FAT32, but some other devices (non-Windows) may have trouble with them and not recognize them at all, so try your particular case before reaching to a conclusion.
FAT32 can store files larger than 4GB at all, so with it you must split it beforehand or compress them. ExFAT seems like a good candidate, but not sure about compatibility.
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11 May 2015   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64BIT

NTFS seems better choice, however, as I know the PS3 could only read the hard disk which first partition is FAT32
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12 May 2015   #7

W7, W8.1

All depends how\where it's to be used. Example, my satellite receivers & car stereos only work with with FAT32. PC only + very large files, definitely NTFS.
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