Formatting a USB Flash Drive to NTFS

Windows Vista
Windows XP

Formatting a USB Flash Drive to NTFS in Windows Vista

1. Insert your flash drive into an available USB port on your PC.
2. Click "Computer" from the windows start menu.
3. Right-click on the icon for your USB and select "Format".

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4. The format window will come up. From the "File system" menu pick "NTFS", and click "Start".

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5. Formatting is now complete.

NOTE: If you use an NTFS formatted USB flash drive on a PC with windows XP, always be sure to "Eject" the drive first, before physically removing it from the computer. To do this, right-click on the drive's icon and select "Eject".
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Formatting a USB Flash Drive to NTFS in Windows XP

1. Insert your flash drive into an available USB port on your PC.
2. Right-click on "My computer" and select "Manage".
3. On the left pane of the computer management window, select "Device Manager". On the right pane click the plus sign to the left of Disk controllers.

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4. Right click on the icon for your USB flash drive and select "Properties".
5. Click the "Policies" tab. Select "Optimize for performance" and click ok. (Without selecting this policy, you will not be given the option to format to NTFS.)

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6. Click "Computer" from the windows start menu.
7. Right-click on the icon for your USB and select "Format".

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8. The format window will come up. From the "File system" menu pick "NTFS", and click "Start".

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9. Formatting is now complete.

NOTE: If you use an NTFS formatted USB flash drive on a PC with windows XP, always be sure to "Eject" the drive first, before physically removing it from the computer. To do this, right-click on the drive's icon and select "Eject".
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