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October 24, 2010 / Karthikeyan Natarajan

Partitioning Pendrive with NTFS filesystem

(This will help if u are unable to transfer big files into your pendrive.)
In windows, the pendrive is formatted in default FAT32 file system. But it has many limitations compared to NTFS. If u want to transfer a 5 GB file using a 8GB pendrive formatted with FAT, it shows an error “memory not enough”.

When you transfer the file into your pendrive with NTFS filesystem, there will be no problem in transferring the file. (only one limitation is that windows takes little more time to finish copying into pendrive. but in linux systems, it is not a problem)

Now, i will tell you “how to format your pendrive with NTFS file system or any other file system?”
step 1: insert your pendrive in a computer with UBUNTU OS.
step 2: open System>Administration>Disk Utility
step 3: Click on your pendrive model name on side menu
step 4: Click “Unmount volume”
step 5: Click “Format Volume”step 6: Choose “NTFS” in the drop down menu of the dialogue box appeared.
step 6: Click Format to format with NTFS system.

Now your pendrive is formatted with NTFS filesystem. (Important: Whenever you do this, all data in the pendrive before formatting will be erased and it can not be recovered. so before formatting your pendrive, have backup in your system).
Instead of choosing NTFS, you can choose any other filesystem also. but keep in mind that “not all filesystem are supported by windows OS”. Windows supports FAT and NTFS only. If you choose any other filesystem (eg. ext3), it cannot be detected by windows, but can be opened in linux OS.

For Advanced Users:
Even you can format your pendrive such that it has more that one drive. This can be done by chosing “Format Drive” and choose “GUID partition table”. Then, you can choose, “New Volume”. One advantage of this method is that you can format each volume with different file system. For example, if you want to access some particular files only in linux system, u can partition one of the volumes with  “ext3” and copy files into that volume.


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