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formatting a usb drive?

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I've seen several posts on the forum asking about or talking about formatting a usb flash/thumb drive. (I always have called it a thumb drive). I didn't know that this was possible until I saw these posts.

So my questions are,

under what circumstances would you want and.or need to format a usb drive?

and how do you format a usb drive?

Any other information about this?

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@ calintexas

Thank you for your reply :)

Hmm, what is a FAT's vs a NTFS though? I don't know what they mean :)

Thank you also for the link to AdvancedSetup's post, I am reading it now :)

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Thanks Ron.

I'll read up on that :blink:

So am I right in saying that the NTFS is for smaller capacity drives and FATS is for larger capacity drives?

edit I think I got that backwards :) I based that off of the link that calintexas posted to me, and I read it wrong.

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One problem I have found with formatting a Flash drive with NTFS is that it can't be removed with Safely Remove Hardware:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/236841-3...remove-hardware

I only have files that are less than 4GB that I want to have there and the biggest Fash drive I have at the moment is 2GB.

I love my Sony NWZ-B105F:

http://reviews.cnet.com/mp3-players/sony-n...7-32593879.html

I use Autorun Eater:

http://oldmcdonald.wordpress.com/2009/06/0...torun-eater-v24

Autorun Eater FAQ:

http://oldmcdonald.wordpress.com/frequently-asked-questions

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@ YoKenny1

Thanks for all the info and links, I'll read up on it when I have a moment :)

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