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Old 05-14-2011, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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USB 2.0 External Drive Won't Take ISO Files > 4GB, is FAT32. What file system should I format it to to take 8gb Isos or so?
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Old 05-14-2011, 03:02 PM
 
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Ntfs

If there's already data on the drive that you don't wish to lose, you can just convert the file system. The command is:

convert x: /fs:ntfs

Where x: is the drive letter you wish to convert.
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Now you tell me... I blew the data away and reformatted...
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:30 AM
 
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Just keep in mind there are limitations to NTFS on non-New Tech platforms.
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:50 PM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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Just keep in mind there are limitations to NTFS on non-New Tech platforms.
Yep, and also some drives will state clearly that the formatting type is "FAT" or "FAT32" only, so even if you can re-format it in NTFS it may not work or data integrity/reliability might not be quite as good.
Typically, you should never need to re-format a flash drive unless it support more than 1 filesystem.
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:50 PM
 
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Yep, and also some drives will state clearly that the formatting type is "FAT" or "FAT32" only, so even if you can re-format it in NTFS it may not work or data integrity/reliability might not be quite as good.
Typically, you should never need to re-format a flash drive unless it support more than 1 filesystem.
I've never heard of a hard drive that couldn't be formatted NTFS. Where are you seeing this?
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:21 AM
 
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^^ I second that question. I've never seen it either... but I'm open to the potential fact that it may stupidly exist.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:03 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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All my flash drives are formatted FAT, but I've also never seen a disclaimer stating that one was restricted to that. Got any links to that info?

That being said, I've never tried to use a flash drive on a pre-Windows NT computer either. I don't know how that would work out.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:45 PM
 
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I've never heard of a hard drive that couldn't be formatted NTFS. Where are you seeing this?
I was only referring to Flash drives but I think OP might have been referring to External hard(IDE/SATA) drives so never mind.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I was referring to a USB 2.0 Hitachi 2GB drive.
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