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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 75
    Windows 10
       07 Aug 2015 #1

    USB install - Fat32 OR NTFS ?


    Fresh Installing Windows 10 and before downloading file, I was thinking if I should format my drive to Fat32 OR NTFS OR exFAT?

    Does it make any difference ? - Plz Guide me.
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  2.    07 Aug 2015 #2

    Try NTFS. I don't think it makes much difference what the host installation is on What does matter of course is the destination.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 75
    Windows 10
       07 Aug 2015 #3

    Well maybe somebody on here, knows for sure if it matters....
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  4. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 107
    Windows 10
       07 Aug 2015 #4

    You do not need to format the USB flash drive, before using the Media Creation Tool.
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  5. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 75
    Windows 10
       07 Aug 2015 #5

    swarfega said: View Post
    Try NTFS. I don't think it makes much difference what the host installation is on What does matter of course is the destination.
    OK

    genet said: View Post
    You do not need to format the USB flash drive, before using the Media Creation Tool.
    Yup, I know tht.
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  6. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 1,372
    Win 10 14393.51
       07 Aug 2015 #6

    Craige said: View Post
    Fresh Installing Windows 10 and before downloading file, I was thinking if I should format my drive to Fat32 OR NTFS OR exFAT?

    Does it make any difference ? - Plz Guide me.
    Which drive do you refer to: a USB flash drive to have the upgrade files downloaded onto, or your PC's hard disk?

    For my motherboard, the flash drive has to be FAT32 if I want to do a UEFI install.

    I don't know whether it's required, but if you start the Win 10 install, delete the partitions on the OS drive, and let the installer create and format its own partitions, you'll get NTFS by default. I believe that it's recommended, for security reasons that I don't recall.

    Also, the largest file size permitted under FAT32 is 4GB. I don't know about exFAT.
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  7. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 75
    Windows 10
       07 Aug 2015 #7

    bobkn said: View Post
    let the installer create and format its own partitions, you'll get NTFS by default. I believe that it's recommended, for security reasons that I don't recall
    Well... talking about USB flash drive

    And, I have already created 1 USB stick with Media creation tool and its FAT32 and not NTFS as you saying.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2016
    Posts : 1
    WWindows 10
       23 Jul 2016 #8

    If you install just 32bit or just 64bit version alone on a drive then format fat32 if you choose to install both on the drive then format exfat .
    This is because the container for both is greater than 4GB.
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  9. Joined : May 2015
    Posts : 1,372
    Win 10 14393.51
       23 Jul 2016 #9

    Joe American said: View Post
    If you install just 32bit or just 64bit version alone on a drive then format fat32 if you choose to install both on the drive then format exfat .
    This is because the container for both is greater than 4GB.
    Did you notice that the last prior post is nearly a year old?
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  10. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 27
    Windows 7 Pro
       24 Jul 2016 #10

    So it doesn't matter if the USB is formatted in FAT32 or NTFS just for the upgrade from 8.1 to 10? I downloaded the ISO from Microsoft TechNet, both 32 and 64 bit versions, and mounted it on a NON-BOOTABLE USB drive. Is that OK to go then?

    Thanks
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