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  1. fullinfusion

    fullinfusion 1.21 Gigawatts

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    I have an ADATA 16GB usb 3.0 thumb drive that when formatted it's showing 14.6GB in size.

    I cant copy a movie to it, says not enough space, what gives?

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    Is it formatted to FAT32? If so format it to NTFS and copy it. FAT32 has a limit of 4GB file sizes.
     
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    that actually is 16gb. just like hard drives when you buy a 500 gb you are only really getting like 478gb or something like that.
     
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    ^ What he said. Right click on it then click on format
     
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    fullinfusion 1.21 Gigawatts

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    Yup FAT32, NTFS is working just fine and thank you!

    Whats the deal with fat32 and ntfs? anything I should know?
     
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    working good now :D

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    To my knowledge Fat32 copies smaller files faster, but NTFS can copy big files... Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong
     
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    It's just how the files are stored. FAT32 is an older standard with NTFS(5) being a newer one.

    "No one will ever need more than 64k of memory!"
    Clearly this is why we're not using 16-bit anymore. :p
     
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    Nice!
     
  10. Dos101

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    No problem man.

    Just like Kevinheraiz and Aquinus said, it's an older standard and and transfers data faster at lower capacities. Afaik it's also compatible with more OS's than NTFS.
     
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    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    Here explains it quite well

    Source
     
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    http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm
     
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    On USB sticks:

    If you need to store big (over 4GB) files -> NTFS
    If you need guaranteed compatibility with older machines and other OS's -> FAT32

    FAT32 is far more compatible, but has several limitations, one being the max. filesize of 4GB.
    NTFS supports large files and lots of other features like compression, but may not be easily usable on all machines (older ones or ones using other/obscure operating systems with no or just partial NTFS support)

    exFAT was supposed to be a compromise between the two, but it's pretty much a total flop due to even worse compatibility (Vista only since SP1, XP only with an extra patch, ...)
     
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