How to Format USB to NTFS Windows 10

How to Format USB to NTFS Windows 10

How to format USB to NTFS Windows 10? New Technology File System or NTFS for short is a file system developed by Microsoft for Windows operating system. It used by the old hard drive and currently is part of USB flash drives. But, all majority of flash drives uses FAT32 format by default. Hence, in order to replace it with NTFS, you can follow this steps.

First of all, you need to backup all files from your USB stick. Switch from FAT32 to NTFS will delete any files inside the USB flash drives storage. The easiest way is copying all item to a computer, then retrieve it back after the USB changed into the NTFS format.

Now, please follow the instructions below.

How to Format USB to NTFS Windows 10

Go to My Computer or Libraries. Then locate the USB flash drives that you intended, the section generally separated from Local Disk. Next, right-click on it and choose Format…

How to Format USB to NTFS Windows 10

After that, you will see a new window showing some information related the drives. On the File system section, select NTFS.

How to Format USB to NTFS Windows 10

Now, click Start to process the formatting. You will see another pop-up box warn about effects of this action. As long you was backup all files, you can click OK to proceed.

How to Format USB to NTFS Windows 10

Wait for a couple of seconds, usually less than a minute until notification shows up and says the formatting is complete and the USB flash drives with the NTFS format is ready to use.

However, there are many things you should know about NTFS, pros and cons about this Windows-based format.

NTFS Pros:

  • Can receive a single file over 4 GB in size
  • Faster than FAT32
  • Works very well on Windows platform (Windows OS, Windows Phone, Xbox, etc)
  • Doesn’t require Safely Removable Devices when eject (yet still recommended to ensure)

NTFS Cons:

  • Cannot receive files from other platforms except Windows (read-only)

Despite its compatibility with Windows, NTFS isn’t great format option if you regularly using Mac or Linux across with Windows PC. Reverting back to FAT32 will encourage you to back up, and format, and back up, and format endlessly for transferring files.

So, choose the format of USB flash drives wisely if you won’t be bothered switching to a different format.

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