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How to change the traditional file system of a usb flashdrive(fat32) into ntfs or other file system?

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This article answers your question:

Q: How do I format a USB Flash Drive to NTFS file system?
A: To enable NTFS on your USB Flash Drive drive (USB Flash Memory):

  1. Right click My Computer and select Manage.
  2. Open the Device Manager and find your USB drive under the Disk Drives heading.

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  3. Right click the drive and select Properties.
  4. Choose Policies tab and select the "Optimize for performance" option.

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  5. Click OK.
  6. Open My Computer.
  7. Select Format on the flash drive.

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  8. Choose NTFS in the File System dropdown box.
  9. Device Formatting is completed.

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Important: To remove a device safely without data loss use a "safely remove hardware" procedure or Eject function from Windows Explorer.

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You could use convert.exe:

> CONVERT driveletter: /FS:NTFS

where driveletter is the driveletter of your flash drive of course.

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One advantage of this method is that you don't need to format the drive. The data can stay on it. – fretje Dec 8 '09 at 10:35
Also supposing you are on windows btw. – fretje Dec 8 '09 at 10:38
in particular, it's a win-XP utility. any confirmation it also exists on vista & win-7? – quack quixote Dec 8 '09 at 11:50
@~quack: Just checked, en I can confirm that the tool is still included in Windows 7. – fretje Dec 8 '09 at 13:24
thanks! i just noticed your MS link didn't specify them, so it was worth asking. :) – quack quixote Dec 8 '09 at 15:28

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