How to format a USB stick NTFS in Windows XP


Although lately USB sticks have reached storage space enough, in they can not be formatted only FAT or (Known as the FAT / FAT32 transfer limit is 4GB / file - For example, you can not transfer to a FAT formatted USB stick game over 4GB). But a small tweak the system can help you format your USB stick and . Which shows many advantages (primarily the security - You can assign NTFS format permissions different depending on the files and users or can encrypt files using XP's; Can compress files thus saving space, you can create partitions), And small disadvantages (systems Linux or older versions of Windows Windows 2000 can not read NTFS formatted file system, files encrypted on NTFS formatted USB stick can be accessed only by the user, default PC on which it was encrypted).

To NTFS format a USB stick, Connect the device to the PC, then right click on My Computer and select Manage. Then click on Device Manager and open sub menu Disk Drives. Right-click on USB drive (Generic USB Flash Disk USB Device), Select Properties and go to the tab Policies. Of the two options displayed, select Optimize for performance (Default is selected Optimize for quick removal) Then click OK.


This option activates the drive write caches, Allowing formatting it as NTFS.

After enabling this option, go to My ComputerRight-click on the USB drive and select Format. In sub menu File System you will see the option to format NTFS.


And that's it! ;) Now you have a NTFS formatted USB stick.


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47 Comments on: How to format a USB stick NTFS in Windows XP #
  1. HACKIST says:

    Thank you very much! It works perfectly!

  2. Bogdan says:

    Hello I have a bottle Gb 32 I wanted to format NTFS after the above article but go go says "Windows was unable to complete the format" Can anyone give me some advice? Thank you!

  3. Daniel says:

    Hello I have a kingston 108 dt8 of gigs and shows me CrystalDisk
    Sequential Read: 16.796 MB / s and
    Sequential Write: 9.563 MB / s (stick it in its original format, FAT32).
    I formatted NTFS (following the instructions in the article) and surprise ... speed dropped dramatically: ((Crystal Disk Now show me:
    Sequential Read: 12.841 MB / s and
    Sequential Write: 3.374 MB / s
    How is it possible? I understand that it's NTFS formatted "agile"?

  4. ionel says:

    Sorry addition: capacity is 16gb stick, real 14,7.
    As first I wonder how I could put a film over 5gb (mkv) knowing that the stick is 16gb?
    With your help we managed!

  5. ionel says:

    So I formatted the stick to NTFS, I could not put a higher 4gb mkv movie stick!
    Thank f.frumos, esteem and respect!

  6. sorin says:

    to me it does not work.
    says "Windows was unable to complete the format"

  7. desire says:

    Ok, thank you!

  8. vik says:

    pfoooo, ms more

  9. florin says:

    betooooon, and I do not know why I fails, the FAT32 when trying to make a movie 6gb stick.
    're cool.

  10. andrei says:

    if you change something Allocation unit size volume label and what happens? or what are they?

  11. Chris says:

    Thanks a lot!

  12. mihai says:

    Thanks a lot, helped me so much without looking.

  13. Lucian says:

    Pfiuuuu .... thank you very much!!

  14. petrica says:

    SIR you have a life saver! Thank you with all my heart by far the most useful site. here we learn and stick windows and many many more.

  15. yogianny says:

    Thank you very much for tutorial.Chiar helped me a lot, I wanted to copy FIFA 2011 stick 6gb overcome ...

  16. addy says:

    thank f many additional restu not give away yours! ;)

  17. Lucas says:

    Bravo! and thanks

  18. Marius says:

    Very hard phase formatting to stck wanted shawl throw that went not post :) ms pt.

  19. Andrew B says:

    I had a virus gb stick 2 I try to format presented methods did not work ... but I tried like this and it worked.
    I deleted when I formatted the computer and that was the stick, and after I installed Windows I followed these steps:

    Start - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management
    Here you will defend and stick partitions.

    Right click on the stick and left click on New Partition-Next - Primary Partition - Next - Next - Next - Format this partition with the Following settings - OK

    I hope to help
    Good luck!

  20. maryus says:

    ms more

  21. andreycatalin says:

    Thank went very good nice tutorial

  22. Alin says:

    I tried for about 50 times and I do not go, I 8 gb stick I put it exactly as written on the forum and the same thing "windows iwas unable to complete the format". if anyone can help me and me, thanks in advance!

  23. Dog says:

    I tried to stick 16Gb and works perfectly. Thank you!

  24. YonwtZ 4ev3R says:

    Thank you very much

  25. Klaudyu says:

    thanks a lot

  26. Adi says:

    For those who can not erase or format the stick, and try this:
    Right click on My Computer, Manage, Disk Management.
    Here you will appear partitions but stick.
    Right click on the stick and left click Delete Partition. You will see that you have unpartitioned space X. X is the size of stick. Then right click on the unpartitioned space and create a partition. You choose the maximum, ie X. Then try formatting.
    I fixed three sticks with this.

  27. George says:

    hello .. I have a problem .. I give start loading then it's ready to tell me instead of formatted house says "Windows was unable to complete the format" .. what is the problem? have windows xp

  28. dragos says:

    Thanks man, helped me a lot, I found a "friend" who works at DOMO and that helps me spunandumi paid not only to w.7 formatted apple and I 2000

  29. daniel says:

    I honestly helped me this tutorial .... ms more: *: *: *: *: *: *: *: X: X: X: X: X: X: XX: X

  30. Cosmin says:

    I've got a problem ... and I vrrea 8gb stick to copy a game 6gb and can not .... What could cause the game to go copied?

  31. Valentin says:

    I have a problem. My stick (8 gb) is empty .. but still shows me that 5gb are busy .. and can not delete anything .. I have not added any program .. I tried to disable including Hidden folders .. I look it's empty. How can I format or erase everything on the stick? Waiting for an answer .. Thanks

  32. ionut says:

    @ Mmg1818

    I do not think it's the same problem that Windows has a 5 introducing computers sticku ..: (

  33. mmg1818 says:

    @ Ionut

    Reinstall Windows

  34. ionut says:

    hello, I'm someone help me with a problem if you please .. I stick em-desk EMTEC s300 4gb, stick it in usb and says he is ready for use, all good, go to my computer and I give him to get say Please insert the disk, the idea is that I see in my computer but can not do anything .. I would be very grateful if someone would help me because I have something important on it .. lots and esteem!

  35. Liviutza says:

    I posted a picture weird stick is ramona and the fetus appears as default 32

  36. Liviutza says:

    I tried all versions on windows I see a stick 7 2 eg a and b one I formatato ntfs auto mp3 go on but that's why I do not let a few kb's default fetus; 32 and does not work I tried all variants above is freak :))) pls help my

  37. dex says:

    or you can
    convert x: / FS: NTFS
    where x: is the unit name (any, not just the stick)

  38. Michael says:

    Finally someone to post something k the world!

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  40. raulinho says:

    Very useful post! Thanks

  41. bodoo69 says:

    Demon - set and show you Hidenori files in folder options, then use unlocker. ;)

  42. Demon says:

    I 4 gb stick has some songs on it when I see it in your computer bag and 32 and avast 4,8 node k has a virus, all good now
    I say give it fresh dak k can not delete that file
    I tried to copy something to stick and remove all not working
    or format it does not work, is the FAT32, and is a Kingston
    id expect some answers hitman_sil3nt_assasin

  43. LAURI says:

    I did exactly as you wrote above in tutorial ... began to stick in ntfs format but in the end I get an error such as Windows was unable to complete format.oare why?

  44. mmg1818 says:

    @ Cosminelu

    well and transfer speed movie playback on the stick, you can see the movie on the stick?

  45. cosminelu says:

    tnx man ... you're a life saver
    I had made a 16 gb stick to watch movies on xbox 1080p wmv format ... a true hd file in 1080p them about ... :) gb 14 lime flowers ... as my sticku was fat 32 ... deles ... numa saints and apostles flying the room ... until I found this tutorialu

  46. mmg1818 says:

    if you create partitions, install Vista directly from USB.

    BIOS is a condition that increases the transfer speed USB NTFS.

    a tutorial about Kaspersky kis8.0.0.506en?

    I'm bored to disable it everything you download from RS and activate it when I search on Google.



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