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Posted 12 November 2013 - 10:03 AM
Posted 12 November 2013 - 11:58 AM
"stock" flash USB stick normally come formatted as "super-floppy" (i.e. NOT partitioned) and FAT32.
FAT32 cannot host files larger than around 4 Gb.
To boot from the stick it is usually needed to have it partitioned.
If you plan to boot from it some Linux OS, some of them do not have kernel level (or initial) support for NTFS.
FAT32 drivers have been dumbed down by MS, so NTFS is generally speaking, better performing, and it can host files larger than 4 Gb BUT, depending on some settings may wear out the device prematurely, see:
BUT there are strategies to format the stick providing a slightly better performance:
Finally newish USB 3 "high end" USB sticks are not anymore flash dries, but rather (small) SSD's with a USB3 to SATA bridge.
Posted 12 November 2013 - 03:00 PM
Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:13 PM
He means that fat32 systems cannot handle SINGLE files that are 4+ gigs.
(That has been a very long known limitation.)
Edited by Kelsenellenelvian, 12 November 2013 - 07:14 PM.
Posted 13 November 2013 - 04:32 AM
Again, it depends.
If you plan to use them only on newish MS OS's, you should go for exFAT which is faster and allows for large files. (but you loose compatibility with older systems).
If you need the wider compatibility, FAT32 is better, and you can (if you want) partition it and optimize the placement of the filesystem to gain some beter performance, but you won't be able to host on that filesystem files larger than 4 Gb (yes, of course you can have more than 4 Gb in different files, but the size of any single file must be smaller than 4 Gb).
If you want large file and "wide enough" compatibility, and overall a "more solid" filesystem, go for NTFS.
Always use "safe remove" or equivalent before removing a USB stck from a running PC.
N.B.: the attribution of "more solid" in this context does NOT mean that I want to initiate the usual FAT32 vs. NTFS, Dracula vs. Mickey Mouse, Godzilla vs. King Kong flamewar , it is only meant to highlight some features of the NTFS that make in certain circumstances easier to recover data from a crashed filesystem .
Posted 26 February 2014 - 07:08 AM
I've got my external hard drive (which I use for back-uping some ISO files) formatted into NTFS and a flash drive in FAT32 because I usually have to put it into Macs. My friend has a hard drive partitioned - half in NTFS and half in FAT - pretty handy.
Posted 26 February 2014 - 07:14 AM
My friend has a hard drive partitioned - half in NTFS and half in FAT - pretty handy.
A cousin of mine has a USB hard disk that is roughly 1/3 NTFS, 1/3 FAT32 and 1/3 EXT4, even handier.
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