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I just bought an USB 3.0 thumbdrive, the Kinston HyperX DTHX30/64GB. It came preformatted with FAT32. I will be using it with W7/W8 PC's, and i have little to no access to Macs. Should i format it with NTFS filesystem? Wil lthere be any performance penalty with the change?
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NTFS is likely fine. I don't know about the xbone or ps4 bu the PS3 and 360 only work with FAT32. if you use those you might want to consider fat
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I would format your usb to exfat, which is FAT64 basically. If you do not remove your flash drive properly, on a NTFS format, your data will be corrupted to my knowledge.
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if your device gets unplugged while writing it will have issues in at the very least, that range of data. The other thing you have to be careful of is the abstraction of disk i/o buffering, IE. the OS will report that it is done when in reality the disk may still be working on it. For the most part regardless of format/interface if you unplug it too early you will have issues someplace.

That FAT64 recommendation would be better than the FAT32 but if you know in advance your only concerned about working with windows than NTFS would still be the most comfortable thing in my mind. Even if you used a MAC there exists a plethora of options and support for using the NTFS file system on their OS. (and vice-versa if need be)

Another format comes to mind that does a type of copy on write or snap shoting type system so that it allows you to roll back to past drive states with ease. However i believe it was still in BETA and typically only used on UNIX platforms. Would be handy for a server or test system. I would have to dig around to figure what it was called. I can not remember now.
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post #5 of 5
My general understanding is as follows:

FAT32 Best for compatibility, use for USB drives that you want to be accessible, especially to UEFI or linux for example
exFAT Best for performance, use for improved read/write on USB drives where you know it will be compatible
NTFS Best for security/permissions, use only for internal HDDs/SSDs that Windows will run on, or where it is a specific requirement for NTFS to be used e.g. ready-boost
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