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Old 28. Feb 2016, 12:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Saving data folders in USB and recovering them

I have to save some files and folders from Windows 7 (NTFS File system), to a USB drive (FAT System), and recover them back to Windows 7 later. Have I to first change the USB to NTFS system before copying the files, or can I copy to the FAT system of the USB and recover them back to Windows, without the files getting corrupted or unusable?
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Old 28. Feb 2016, 12:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You don't have to format the USB drive. It won't affect the files/folders.
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Old 28. Feb 2016, 07:10 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes, but do note the 4 GB file size limit of FAT32. That means you can't put say large videos on it.
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Yes, but do note the 4 GB file size limit of FAT32. That means you can't put say large videos on it.
So, I can put files or folders up to the full capacity of the USB, but each file or folder that I put in it must remain at 4GB or below? If I change the USB to NTFS what would be the situation?
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The 4GB limit is applicable to files, not folders.
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The 4GB limit is applicable to files, not folders.
If I have a 32GB USB, this means I can put in it, a folder containing a number of files of any size adding up to 32GB?
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If I have a 32GB USB, this means I can put in it, a folder containing a number of files of any size adding up to 32GB?
Yes, once no single file exceeds 32GB.
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Old 29. Feb 2016, 01:58 AM   #10 (permalink)
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No single file can exceed 4gb under FAT32
You will also lose some of the extended attributes that NTFS supports - like individual file password protection.

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.
see: http://www.howtogeek.com/235596/what...xfat-and-ntfs/
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