How to Format USB Flash Memory Drive From FAT 32 to NTFS File System

Updated: April 23, 2015 / Home » Tutorials

Can’t format USB mass storage drive? How to format USB thumb drive from FAT32 to NTFS file system and what are the benefits? Read on if you want to know how to format your USB Flash Memory, there are two simple ways of performing the formatting task, before we proceed with the tutorial, let’s have a look at the benefits of having NTFS over FAT32:

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  • Allows single file sizes larger than 2 GB (FAT32 doesn’t )
  • NTFS file system lets you to add allow and deny permissions on individual files and folders for specific Windows users.
  • Encrypting of files is possible.
  • Better file compression than FAT32 therefore save space on your USB drive.


  • Windows 2000 and older cannot read NTFS file systems, nor can most Linux systems.
  • Slower reading and writing if ‘file indexing service’ is not enabled.

How to Format USB Flash Drive or Hard Disk to NTFS

format usb drive ntfs
Right click on the USB flash drive, select ‘Format’.

How to Format USB Flash Memory Drive From FAT 32 to NTFS File System
Choose ‘NTFS’ from the list and then click ‘Start’ to format.

9 comments on “How to Format USB Flash Memory Drive From FAT 32 to NTFS File System

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    blinkky [ Reply ]

    I don’t know that we can format usb flash drive to NTFS. Thanks for the info =)

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    daniel [ Reply ]

    bueno hermano hice todos los pasos pero nologro reponer el pen si tienes otro modo de hacer esto por favor dimelo el mio tambien esta en RAW gracias.,.,.,.,.ahh y por ciarto tambien intente con el Hdd low level format y nada.,.,.espero sacias

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    sudheer [ Reply ]

    hi, i have a 32 gb kingstone pendrive. when i try 2 save data more then 1 gb, it’s not cooping properly. when i open those files are not open.

    plz, give me solution that i can use my 32 gb pen drive properly.

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    hey there
    i have a 8 GB flash disk. when i copy mp3 files there. than safely remove flash from PC. when i again insert flash and open, there are four and five times more mp3 files. FAT32 is my flash system. My windows cannot format on NTFS and also Hdd low level format tool. and what advantage does have the NTFS format i dont know

    tell me about this

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    Richard [ Reply ]

    Help i cant open or format my usb 16g flash disk. Please If someone can help thank you.

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    thanksssssssssssssssss a lot you are great person

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    Joe J Castaneda [ Reply ]

    After playing with an old Win 98 OS my DATASTICK PRO reformated to FAT32. I used your instructions and now I have NTFS for my Win XP OS. Just what I needed. Thanks a lot. Appreciate your help.

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    Artur - flash drive [ Reply ]

    Thanks. I had this problem and I still can believe it’s so ease. Just reformat :)

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    M Barnes [ Reply ]

    Thanks for the enormously helpful tutorial. It was the “optimize for performance” that I didn’t know. You’re a godsend!

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