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Hit Machine Jan 23, 2010, 04:25am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Which formatting of pen drive will maximize data transfer? NTFS/FAT32/FAT/exFAT? and why?

I have a 4GB HP pen drive.


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john albrich Jan 23, 2010, 06:37am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: NTFS/FAT32/FAT/exFAT which will speed up USB data transfer?

I assume you are asking about "data transfer" speeds/rates.

Instead of talking theoreticals, may I recommend you just run a few actual performance benchmarks for your particular configuration for whatever formats work on your drive? That way you get information specific to your situation.

However, depending on how you plan to use the drive, you may find you are restricted to a specific format(s).

In addition, certain formats will restrict what you can put on the drive and that may be very important to you. See
http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm

For performance, I've found cluster allocation size to be more important than what type of formatting was specified.

It's very easy to do your own benchmarking and should only take 20-30 minutes.
You may wish to turn off any real-time anti-virus protection and other un-needed processes (e.g. internet) while running the benchmarks as they may affect benchmark execution.

Warning! WRITE benchmarking can delete some or all existing data on a drive and any data should be backed-up before using WRITE benchmark tools. Since you will be doing this on a freshly formatted drive(s), that shouldn't be an issue.

Format#1 the drive, run the benchmarks of interest to you.
Format#2 the drive, run the benchmarks, compare.
Format#3 the drive, run the benchmarks, compare.
etc.

A decent easy to use drive benchmark comparison tool is HDspeed.
http://www.steelbytes.com/?mid=20
http://majorgeeks.com/HD_Speed_d1607.html

Hit Machine Jan 23, 2010, 07:04am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: NTFS/FAT32/FAT/exFAT which will speed up USB data transfer?
Thanks a tonne John for your reply.


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