USB Drive Space

Seems like every USB I buy is formatted to FAT32 so only 4GB of (Whatever) is available.

When I reformat as NTFS I pick up all of the drive space

But copying into the USB is much slower.

What is the best remedy?
Larry Bristersr. DeveloperAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have found a small USB Hard Drive (no external power required) to be the best alternative for lots of space, NTFS, and durability. I do not trust large USB keys.
Rob KnightConsultantCommented:
Hi - try formatting as exFAT instead of NTFS - this will overcome the 4GB limit of FAT32 but should address the performance issue.

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
What is the best remedy?
The best remedy is looking the read/write advertised speeds of the USB you buy before you buy it.
I think I will not tell you something new if I say that most of the USB drives have higher read speeds and lower write speeds. Thus before you buy check what are the reported speeds for this or that model of USB stick. The read/write speeds are very lightly affected by the type of file system. FAT32 is a bit faster but NTFS is more secure against dataloss.
>>  copying is much slower  <<   how much?  did you compare the copy process, and time it?
remember that copying lots of small files is much slower than copying 1 big file
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