Format A USB Drive As NTFS In Windows XP

Windows XP only: Today's USB flash drives are huge, but they come formatted with the FAT32 limit of 4GB files—if you want to format them as NTFS under Windows XP you'll need a little trick.

Windows XP does have the ability to format drives with the NTFS file system, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the format dialog—normally the option is disabled. To enable it, open up Device Manager and find your USB drive, go to the Properties -> Policies tab and then choose "Optimize for performance". Once you've done this, you'll see the NTFS option in the format dialog.

Readers should be warned, however, that once you've enabled write caching you will need to use the Safely Remove Hardware dialog to avoid losing data—though once you format the drive as NTFS you can switch the write caching back off.

The choice between NTFS and FAT32 isn't cut-and-dry—while NTFS does allow larger file sizes, encryption, compression, and permissions, there's a lot more overhead to using it—and more importantly it won't really work on non-Windows systems. Hit the link for the full walk-through and more information about the pros and cons.

How to format USB drive and memory stick with NTFS [Online Tech Tips] Optimizing Your USB Drive [via Shell City]


Comments

    Transcend JetFlash Problem

    I have Transcend JetFlash V33 2Gb USB.
    .. as working normally, one day i plug to my PC, here what happenz.. http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/4766/98888597.jpg

    .. as u can see, i've 3 usb partitions with hell of a GB's. In my computer i don't see any of them except the (H:) partition which is CDFS.

    With double clicking on her, I get the message: 'Windows cannot read from this disk. The disk might be corrupted, or it could be using a format that is not compatible with Windows'.

    1. Tried Formatting trough Windows Disk Management
    2. Formatting with HP Disk Tool
    3. Formatting with U3 Uninstaller
    4. Formatting trough command prompt
    5. Formatting trough GParted, QParted..
    6. e.t.c, e.t.c ..

    .. Even the software from the manufacturer can't resolve the problem...

    NONE of them sees the drive, have the option to Unlock the drive, or even access the drive..

    Usb's are pretty cheap these days, but that dosen't mean i have to buy new usb drives every week.. Sure i'm not the first with this problem..

    someone with solution?

    What an odd thing to have to do. Thanks; it helped me.

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