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Old 02-02-2012, 09:06 PM
 
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I notice all the USB Flash/Thumb drives I have use the FAT32 format.
Should they be formated to NTFS to hold more files?
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:24 PM
 
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Because they don't want non-Windows users calling and complaining that the drive is broken.

FAT32 will still do 4K clusters at any size flash drive you can buy today so storage efficiency isn't really an issue.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:45 PM
 
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Because they don't want non-Windows users calling and complaining that the drive is broken.

FAT32 will still do 4K clusters at any size flash drive you can buy today so storage efficiency isn't really an issue.
Oh ! ... Ok,.. thanks for the answer !
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:01 PM
 
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EscapeCalifornia is correct. It's worth reformatting to NTFS if you only use New Tech machines. The write cache on NTFS is much more aggressive that it makes it *feel* so much faster.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:44 AM
 
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FAT32 is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux right out of the box. NTFS is not.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:04 AM
 
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Oh ! ... Ok,.. thanks for the answer !
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:51 AM
 
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...and one other important reason is based on the big difference between FAT/FAT32 and NTFS filesystem when it comes to encrypted data:
Even encrypted data on a NTFS data will become non-encrypted when copied to a FAT/FAT32 partition which is why those who want additional data security will re-format their drive using NTFS.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:33 PM
 
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Oh ! ... Ok,.. thanks for the answer !


* Definately "MISUSE of Smiley"!
I didn't realize the Smiley I used was meant only for sarcasm.
I was trying to express my own feeling of being dumfounded and still kind of lost at comprehending (rolleyes at myself)
It was meant for ME not EscapeCalifornia.
I hope EC did not take it that way.



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Old 02-03-2012, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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...and one other important reason is based on the big difference between FAT/FAT32 and NTFS filesystem when it comes to encrypted data:
Even encrypted data on a NTFS data will become non-encrypted when copied to a FAT/FAT32 partition which is why those who want additional data security will re-format their drive using NTFS.
That assumes the data is only encrypted using a filesystem mechanism.

A file which is itself encrypted and then transferred to an NTFS drive will still be encrypted when subsequently copied to another filesystem.
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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That assumes the data is only encrypted using a filesystem mechanism.

A file which is itself encrypted and then transferred to an NTFS drive will still be encrypted when subsequently copied to another filesystem.
Right, NTFS to NTFS the encryption status doesn't change but NTFS to FAT or FAT32, it is gone. Of course, my statement was for NTFS filesystem encryption not for a 3rd party.
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