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SD CARDS - NTFS vs. FAR32. Deciding which and when to use.

I need some guidance regarding formatting sd and sd micro cards. I have Canon point and shoot cameras. ( I think they want FAT32 ) I have an Android smartphone that I was told needs FAT32 for sure.  My computers all have drives formatted in NTFS. One Dell T7500 Workstation and two Dell M4700 Workstations. When do I format for FAT32 and when for NTFS? I DID run into a problem earlier when I had 20gb available on a card and wanted to put a 6gb file on it. It would not take it. I had to fiddle with the 6gb file to make it work. Is there a set of standards I can go by? How do I decide?
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Always format SD and other portable external storage devices with FAT32. NTFS is a windows proprietary formatting standard.  Formatting SD cards with NTFS will cause non-windows compatible devices to be unable to read them, and possibly those devices will automatically reformat the SD card (which would delete whatever is on the SD card). Stick with FAT32 on all your external cards.
Need-a-ClueRESEARCHERAuthor Commented:
Thanks so much for a clear, easy to understand and easy to implement answer.
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