How to Format USB to NTFS Windows 10

Quickest Way to Format USB to NTFS in 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. However, all majority of flash drives uses FAT32 format by default. Hence, to replace it with NTFS, you can follow these steps.

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

Now, follow the instructions below to format USB from FAT32 to NTFS.

How to Format USB to NTFS Windows 10

1. Go to My Computer or Libraries. Then locate the USB flash drives that you intended, the section generally separated from Local Disk.

2. Next, right-click on it and choose Format…

How to Format USB to NTFS Windows 10

3. 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

4. Now, click Start to process the formatting.

You will see another pop-up box warn about the effect of this action. As long you have backup all files, you can click OK to proceed.

How to Format USB to NTFS Windows 10

5. 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 of this Windows-based format.

NTFS Pros:

  • Can receive a single file over 4 GB in size
  • Faster than FAT32
  • Works very well on the 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 are regularly using Mac or Linux along with Windows PC. Reverting to FAT32 will require you to back up files immediately before formatting.

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

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