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Unable to ntfs format flash drive

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June 16, 2012 2:57:52 AM

Hello,
i have purchased two 32 gig flash drives over web and cannot format either one as ntfs. i tried all the usual tricks like optimise, command line format, just got error message that computer could not format drive. Fat format is ok, and even tried that first before trying ntfs again. Is this just an issue with cheap flash drives? (the chip failed first several qc tests?) Thank you for any help.
a b G Storage
June 16, 2012 3:04:23 AM

... why would you want to format a flash drive as ntfs?
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a b G Storage
June 16, 2012 3:16:06 AM

^Agreed. I use FAT32 with mine.
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a b G Storage
June 16, 2012 3:42:21 AM

It would be nice to write 4GB+ files to that drive. FAT only goes up to 4GB.

I'm not sure here, do they say anything about supporting NTFS?
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June 26, 2012 9:30:11 AM

The question was not why i would want to but why i cannot. NTFS is needed for incryption of files larger than 4 gig which is important if you carry around your flash drives. But i have purchased two 32 gig flash drives that failed ntfs format. I suspect that companies are using chips that are defective to make these drives, chips that are ok for fat32 but not ntfs. I am am just interested in any comments about this, and how can you know if a flash drive will format ntfs before you buy it?
Thanks.
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