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DRAWBACK TO NTFS:

Yes there is a drawback to this and a rather large one.

When you have your USB stick set up in this mode, you absolutely must use the "Safely Remove Hardware" method before disconnecting the stick from the computer and you absolutely CANNOT forget to do this. If you do, the data is sure to get corrupted in short order.

If you can deal with that "Safely remove" stuff, go ahead with an NTFS file system on a USB stick larger than 4GB so you can write bigger-than-4GB files to it.

And remember, there’s no need to do this unless you specifically intend to push 4GB+ files on a USB stick.
Is this true? I just purchased an 8GB USB stick because my 4GB stick was getting ridiculous, making me dump files onto hard drives and put them back on later.

I was going to format the stick before I used it, and the default was FAT32, so I googled to see the difference between FAT32 and NTFS was and apparently, FAT32 can only recognize 4GB, whilst NTFS can recognize more BUT you need to wait for the safely remove pop up before removing the USB.... WHAT?!

Please note that in my whole life of using USB memory and external hard drives... I have never done this. I never even knew I had to do this and never had any problems, so far.

So, question for any USB driver or external drive owners... Do you guys wait for the message before removing your USB stick/hard drives?
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Yes you should do that (safely remove). The only reason to not use FAT 32 is if your storing files over 4GB. On an 8GB drive how often do you need that?

One of my teachers in college last semester went into depth about pros and cons. He talked about the potential corruption issues, but I cant remember specifics.
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I don't think so.

I have an external USB hard drive that is formatted in NTFS and I frequently unplug it (or shut it off) from one system or another without issue.
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fat32 can recognize more than 4gb, but you cannot transfer files larger than 4gb at a time to it, so you could have 10 3.99 gb files, but not one 4.1.

Also, as long as you aren't transferring anything while take the flash drive out, you won't have any issues.
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You can use exFAT. If you have Vista/7
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Unless you're planning on using files bigger than 4gb, I'd leave it as FAT32. I think it'll cause you fewer problems in the long run
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I don't think so.

I have an external USB hard drive that is formatted in NTFS and I frequently unplug it (or shut it off) from one system or another without issue.
this

though what i notice is sometimes windows hides my folders and puts these random folders in its place that I cannot open

simple enough, i just delete those random folders/icons and unhide my hidden folders


other than that I have had no drawbacks with NTFS
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You can use exFAT. If you have Vista/7
What if I try to use the USB drive on a Windows XP/Vista system?
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fat32 can recognize more than 4gb, but you cannot transfer files larger than 4gb at a time to it, so you could have 10 3.99 gb files, but not one 4.1.

Also, as long as you aren't transferring anything while take the flash drive out, you won't have any issues.
Thanks, but one of the reason I bought 8GB is due to the fact that I had to recently transfer an ISO of 4.3GB and I couldn't. So I'm guessing I'll need NTFS.

What about exFAT? ^^
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What if I try to use the USB drive on a Windows XP/Vista system?
I don't think XP can read exFAT. Let me check.

Oh.. well apparently you can if you download some hotfix to read it.

So I'd say use exFAT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT
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