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Posted by on March 22, 2019

Flash drive partition format I believe we all know some, more common are FAT, FAT32, NTFS and exFAT, FAT has been gradually eliminated, as a result of the growing size of a single file (such as high-definition movies, large game installation packages), more than 4G files, FAT32 format does not support, so NTFS or exFAT format is more suitable for Flash drive partition format. Then do you know the difference between the two storage formats? Or which one is more suitable for flash memory? Combining with the case section, we will explain the difference between NTFS and exFAT partition formats. Let’s take a look. If you want to¬†recover flash drive data, you can use some data recovery software.

Xiao Wang recently purchased a 16GB HD player that can play 1080p HD video directly, so he occasionally shows off. But soon after, he saw his sad face. He had a difficult problem: every time he copied over 4GB HD video to the HD player, he would be prompted with “insufficient flash capacity”, but the built-in flash capacity monitoring of the player showed that there was still about 8GB of free space. The reason is that the FAT32 partition format used in flash memory does not support more than 4 GB capacity files. Therefore, the author suggests that he replace the file partition format with NTFS or exFAT.

At present, most HD players use flash memory as storage medium and set FAT32 as the default file format. Most HD players users will encounter this problem. The solution is to change the file storage format to NTFS or exFAT. So what’s the difference between these two storage formats? Or which one is more suitable for flash memory?

NTFS, the most versatile division champion

NTFS (New Technology File System) is a file system in Windows NT and advanced server network operating system environment. Its original design is to provide higher reliability than FAT32 and eliminate the capacity limitation of FAT32 file system. In addition to supporting larger partitions and files and saving hard disk space, it also provides functions such as long file names, compressed partitions, event tracking, file indexing, high fault tolerance, data protection and recovery, and encrypted access that FAT32 file system cannot provide. But why do flash drives and memory cards seldom use NTFS for partitioning?

Originally, although NTFS has many advantages, it is designed for traditional mechanical hard disk. It uses a “log” file system, which requires frequent recording of detailed reads and writes of disks, which will impose additional burdens on storage media such as flash disks or SSDs. For example, access to a file or directory, NTFS partition format read and write more times than FAT32, so the theoretical use of NTFS partition flash life is shorter. At the same time, the frequent reading and writing of NTFS file system also affects the performance of flash disk, resulting in the decline of transmission rate.


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