1.    29 Jan 2016 #1
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    Formatting flash drives


    Hi all.

    Lately, every flash drive I've bought requires to be NTFS formatted. Quick formatting gives me the option to change allocation size. Is there a specific size I should be using or just go small?
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  2.    29 Jan 2016 #2
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    I would just use the default value (which should be 4MB).
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  3.    29 Jan 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by milford View Post
    Hi all.

    Lately, every flash drive I've bought requires to be NTFS formatted. Quick formatting gives me the option to change allocation size. Is there a specific size I should be using or just go small?
    The answer would be that it depends upon what the file sizes are that will be stored on them.

    But there is a caveat: most flash cards intended for use in cameras become unusable in the camera when formatted by a computer, have to be reformatted in the camera to be usable. Thumb drives are different, seldom if ever used in a camera.
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  4.    29 Jan 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by unifex View Post
    I would just use the default value (which should be 4MB).
    4 KB. 4MB would be very storage inefficient - LOL
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  5.    29 Jan 2016 #5
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    A 4 KB cluster size is appropriate for just about any purposes. That is why it is the default. Only if you have a specific need would you change it to something else and with flash drives there usually isn't.
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