What file format is your flash drive/USB stick?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by LoneWolf121188, Jan 30, 2009.

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What file format do you use on your external?

  1. FAT32

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  2. HFS+

    20.0%
  3. NTFS

    5.0%
  4. Other

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  5. I have multiple partitions

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  1. LoneWolf121188 macrumors 6502a

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    Just curious...what file format do you all use for your flash drive? I personally don't see any advantages to having it be HFS+ over FAT32, other than the fact that you can store file >4GB on it. FAT32 is far more universal, so that's what I use.

    Anyone use NTFS?
     
  2. JackSYi macrumors 6502a

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    I actually have both FAT32 and HFS+ in a 20/80 partition respectively.
     
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I have a variety of thumb drives.

    All are formatted at FAT 32. Makes it easy to use with the Mac or PC.
     
  4. srl7741 macrumors 68020

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  5. VPrime macrumors 68000

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  7. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    I have one FAT32 for working with Windows people, and one HFS+ for exchanging data between Mac's...

    Didn't think about partitioning the drive and having both on one drive. Interesting idea...
     
  8. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    FAT32 - allows for switching files back and forth across the Mac and PC. See no advantage to formatting it in HFS+ whatosever. Is there one?
     
  9. LoneWolf121188 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Probably faster read/write speeds in OS X.
     

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