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Old 29. Feb 2016, 02:45 AM   #11 (permalink)
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This changes the situation. I just realized that my USB is exFAT. Never seen this before.
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ExFAT is the new file system for large USB flash that combines the best features in that very large files are supported and the multiple writes that go with NTFS don't happen.
1. When you say "very large files are supported", is there a known limit?

2. Could you also explain "multiple writes that go with NTFS". I am quite lost with this statement.

3. Would this (exFAT) support my Windows XP too, XP being FAT32?

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Here's another article which may help you with your decision :-
HTG Explains: Why Are Removable Drives Still Using FAT32 Instead of NTFS?

IMO you are probably over-complicating the simplicity of the task you actually want to perform.
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Thank you for the link, Sope. Very informative.
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Here's another article which may help you with your decision :-
HTG Explains: Why Are Removable Drives Still Using FAT32 Instead of NTFS?

IMO you are probably over-complicating the simplicity of the task you actually want to perform.
Thank you for the link. The article is very helpful.

The USB drive I have decided to use is 128GB. I made the wrong assumption that it's default file system is FAT32. After I read the article that Burn-IT referred me to, I looked in the right click 'format' option in Windows, to find that it's default file system is exFAT and not FAT32. I mentioned this at the beginning of my previous post. That is why I kept inquiring about exFAT, to find out where I stand with exFAT format. Perhaps I should have been more explicit about this.
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This changes the situation. I just realized that my USB is exFAT. Never seen this before.
1. When you say "very large files are supported", is there a known limit?

2. Could you also explain "multiple writes that go with NTFS". I am quite lost with this statement.

3. Would this (exFAT) support my Windows XP too, XP being FAT32?

Thank you
1. Theoretically 16 EiB, same as NTFS. Which is actually higher than the largest drive size limit it can support, albeit more than NTFS. In real life, absolutely nothing you will ever come across.

2. It is more suited for external drives that aren't plugged in all the time. That means less unnecessary wear-and-tear on your flash drive.

3. XP is normally installed on NTFS drives. It can support exFAT with the latest updates though.
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Thank you for clarifying all of the above.

I will make a few trials runs with some files and see whether the USB, with exFAT, will support this operation with NTFS file systems.

I have made another mistake - this seems to be my 'stupid' week! My XP is also NTFS (just like Windows 7), and not Fat32 as I mentioned in an earlier post. I should have remembered that because I installed XP myself

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Any journalling file system like NTFS is bad news for flash storage because it tends to do twice as many writes as a none journalling system and writes shorten the life of flash.
A journalling file system is one that has built in recovery should a write fail and it does this by keeping a separate log of transactions as well as the data.
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