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Using a USB 2.0 flash drive for backup On Windows XP. RRS feed

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    I bought a SanDisk USB 2.0 flash disk and inserted it when prompted. A message appeared saying that FAT 32 devices are not supported and a NTFS device should be used instead.  A message then appeared giving instructions on how to convert a FAT 32 to a NTSF. 

    Question: If I do as instructed does this convert the USB 2.0 flash drive to the NTSF standard as stated and is the process reversible if I find that the NTSF  standard does not work? 

    Monday, August 18, 2008 8:02 PM

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  • OneCare can indeed back up to a FAT32 formatted drive. However, not if you are using Centralized backup. So, for backup of a single PC, ignore the "recommendation" to format the flash drive. NTFS is not appropriate for a flash drive in most cases. If you choose to convert to NTFS it is not reversible without formatting the drive.

    -steve

     

    Tuesday, August 19, 2008 12:52 PM
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