Windows 10: Formatting flash drives

  1.    29 Jan 2016 #1

    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

    I would just use the default value (which should be 4MB).
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       29 Jan 2016 #3

    milford said: 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

    unifex said: 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

    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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