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

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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:


  • 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 older than 2000 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 to NTFS

How to Format USB Drive from FAT 32 To NTFS File System

  • Right click on ‘My Computer’, go to ‘Properties’
  • Select the ‘Hardware’ tab, click on the ‘Device Manager’ button

How to Format USB Drive from FAT 32 To NTFS File System

  • Device manager will open up. Expand Disk Drives. Right Click the USB drive and select ‘Properties’.
  • Go to policies tab and select Optimize for performance and hit ‘Ok’

How to Format USB Drive from FAT 32 To NTFS File System

  • When you’re done, go to ‘My Computer’, right click the USB thumb drive and select ‘Format’
  • Choose the ‘NTFS’ file system and hit ‘OK’

Is it too troublesome? Why don’t you try the HP USB Disk Storage format tool as described below?

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Format USB Flash Drive to NTFS files system? HP USB disk storage format tool is a simple utility that formats your flash drive with your choice of FAT, FAT32, or NTFS partition types. This simple utility allows the creation of a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB. Download HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool free utility via PCWorld.

How to Format USB Drive from FAT 32 To NTFS File System

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

  1. blinkky May 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm - Reply

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

  2. daniel September 3, 2009 at 6:02 am - 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

  3. sudheer March 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm - 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.

  4. Avto June 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    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

  5. Richard August 15, 2010 at 2:29 am - Reply

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

  6. amr April 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    thanksssssssssssssssss a lot you are great person

  7. Joe J Castaneda April 17, 2011 at 2:12 am - 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.

  8. Artur - flash drive May 14, 2012 at 1:05 am - Reply

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

  9. M Barnes January 1, 2013 at 6:25 am - 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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