Windows – USB drive format, NTFS vs. FAT32


What are the pros and cons of formatting your USB drive in NTFS format or FAT32 format and vice versa?

Please highlight any advantages of one format over the other.

Keeping in mind I need to use the USB Flash drive on Ubuntu 13.04, Windows 7 and Windows XP.

Best Answer

NTFS (New Technology File System) is a proprietary file system developed by Microsoft Corporation, and hence you may have to install additional programs on Linux / Mac in order to view partitions formatted with NTFS (like ntfs-3g).

FAT32 formatting is used to be recognised in all operating systems and there is a limit of 4 GB file in this case. I.e., you can't create a single file greater than 4 GB in FAT32 whereas you can create files larger than 4 GB in NTFS.

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