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October 25, 2010 11:27:21 AM

When I format my USB on WINDOWS 7 it takes too long. 10 minutes for 4 GB usb.
What's the solution?

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a c 209 $ Windows 7
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October 25, 2010 4:05:28 PM

The rate you quoted works out to between 6 and 7MB/sec, which is a pretty decent speed for USB flash memory. A lot of flash memory is even slower than that. If that's not fast enough for you then then you'll have to look for a faster drive. For example:

Alternatively, you could use a portable hard drive instead of flash.
October 25, 2010 6:09:14 PM

I have formatted a few USB's like (KINGSTON and APACER) and the speed was the same
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a b G Storage
October 25, 2010 6:19:43 PM

You could always do a quick format, but like sminlal said thats normal for a flash drives. Plenty of the drives I have ehre are only 2MB/s write.

I have a Microcenter flash drive that writes at a nice 15MB/s though
October 27, 2010 11:16:06 AM

I haven't had this problem when I was using Windows XP
a c 209 $ Windows 7
a c 415 G Storage
October 27, 2010 4:13:44 PM

Were you using the same flash drive with Windows XP, and did you do a FULL format there?
October 27, 2010 5:51:37 PM

Yeah and a few others
a c 209 $ Windows 7
a c 415 G Storage
October 27, 2010 8:36:40 PM

What kind of flash drive is it? If it's an plain-jane drive I really don't see how it could format significantly faster on XP unless it was a quick format.
November 1, 2010 5:23:11 PM

I don't know too, I've read somewhere that the Windows 7 formats the flash drives slower than the XP