Format Pen Drive with NTFS File System

This article describes about how to format a Pen Drive with NTFS file system.

Format Pen Drive with NTFS File System
Normally, when you will try format your pen drive, you will get the options of either FAT or FAT32. By Default, Pen Drives are optimized for quick removal which allows you to remove the disk without using "Safe Removal option"(without any data loss). Once a pen drive is configured for quick removal, NTFS option will not be displayed while formatting the drive. The advantage of using NTFS file system it that it is faster and have security options. Once formatted in NTFS, you can configure the security of the drive so that it can writable in one system and readable in all other. So you write data in your system and use it with other system without the risk of virus infection. But formatting using NTFS on smaller size pen drives are not recommended. To format your Pen drive in NTFS, you have to change the write caching and safe removal policies of the pen drive. The details steps are as follows.

01. Insert your Pen Drive, Go to Start -–> Run -–> Type devmgmt.msc (to open device manager), and click Ok.

02. In the Device Manager Window, expand Disk Drives option, right Click your USB drive and select Properties.

03. Now it will open the properties window of your pen drive. Once there, click on Policies Tab. Followed by clicking on Optimize for performance and then finally click on OK button.

04. Now go to My Computer, right click the USB drive and select Format. Select NTFS from the drop down box and click Start. Your USB drive will be formatted with NTFS file system. Now you can configure it’s security by right clicking the drive and going to properties –> security tab.

Formatting a Pen Drive into NTFS allows you to carry any file larger than 4 GB such as DVD images.

P.S - If you have formatted your Pen Drive using NTFS file system, remember to use "Safely Remove Hardware" option to eject it, protecting the drive from damage or data loss.


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