Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetHardwareAdd-ons · 1 decade ago

File system on a USB drive?

Can someone tell me why I cannot use the NTFS file system on my memory stick? I only have the option to use FAT or FAT32

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  • TK
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    1 decade ago
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    This is because NTFS is a complex system which records and logs data onto your USB drive for file systems and functionality purpose. However a USB drive is only needed for storing data and not for starting a up a computer. Because it is always changing its data by logging, you'll eventually wear your USB drive out. USB drives have certain lifespan which can normally be used around 10,000 times, NTFS shortens the lifespan.

    Therefore when storing files, we use FAT16 or FAT32 because not only is it faster at storing files, it doesn't really have a complex system of recording or anything.

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