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How to Use Pen Drive or Usb Flash Drive drive with NTFS

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topgear

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By default windows format pen drive with fat file system
which has it's own limitation. One big issue with fat file system is that
you cannot store a file larger than 4GB. But nowadays we have to transfer file
more than 4GB such as DVD or dual layer DVD image. But NTFS file system is more
reliable & don't have this kind of limitations. So you can transfer a file
which is more than 4GB.

Warning : Backup all data from your pen drive before following this procedure.

Plug in your pen drive. Click start & Right click on My Computer.
Select Properties > Hardware > Device Manager.

Expand Disk Drives & Click on your Pen Drive Name. ( In my case it's : Jetflash )
Now Right click on your pen drive name & select Properties.
Go to Policies Tab & Select Optimize for Performance.

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Click OK. Close device Manager.

Now open My Computer & Select Your Pen Drive ( ie Removable Disk ).
Right click on it & select Format. Click on File system box.
& Voila! You see the NTFS option.

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Now select NTFS & fromat your pen drive.

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Another Method :

You can also convert your pen drive's fat file system to ntfs as you use to convert
fat partion to nfts.

Open command prompt. In the command prompt window, type :

convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs

In my case my pen drive's letter is N so it will be :

convert N: /fs:ntfs

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Note : You can't use this pen drive with under win 9x & me.
To use this pen drive under 9x & me format it using fat file system.

I've used Windows Xp With Sp3 as my Os.
Plz test on on Other os like vista & tell me if it works.
Also do inform me after formatting the pen drive is it usable under
linux .( I think it will work though not sure )

Source : My Blog :D
 
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goobimama

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Nice one. A request though, with regard to your blog. Could you summarize your posts and put more of them on each page? That way you get more potential page views and comments, while making it less trouble for the user to surf your site.
 

iMav

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Plz test on on Other os like vista & tell me if it works.
Also do inform me after formatting the pen drive is it usable under
linux .( I think it will work though not sure )
It will work on all OSs.
 
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topgear

topgear

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Thanks imav for confirming this.
I really happy to know that you guys liked this tute :D

If you guys find my tute useful do also post comments on my blog.
 

dr_jimit

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i have heard somewher that NTFS increases frequent read / writes to flash drive, decreasing its lifespan ?
 
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