Readyboost: NTFS, FAT or FAT32 ?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Olivier Marquet, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. Can someone tell me whether I should use NTFS, FAT or FAT32 when formatting
    my Readyboost USB drive?

    Thanks in advance.
    Olivier Marquet, Feb 18, 2007
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    Benjamin Guest

    When I plug mine in, it windows says it recommends NTFS.
    Benjamin, Feb 18, 2007
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    Ken Gardner Guest

    FAT32. I disagree with those who said NTFS. I read somewhere that FAT32
    requires less disk reads and writes than NTFS, meaning that your flash drive
    will last longer.

    Ken Gardner, Feb 18, 2007
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    Byron Hinson Guest

    Yeah it is FAT 32 for ReadyBoost.
    Byron Hinson, Feb 18, 2007
  6. Michal Kawecki, Feb 18, 2007
  7. On Sun, 18 Feb 2007 13:38:45 -0600, "Robert Firth"
    It prolly doesn't matter that much, as you'd get 4k clusters with NTFS
    or FAT32, and I suspect the process creates the file once and from
    then on works within it, ignoring file system and directory mechanics.

    Saws are too hard to use.
    Be easier to use!
    cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user), Feb 18, 2007
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    Robert Firth Guest


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    Robert Firth, Feb 18, 2007
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    Ken Gardner Guest

    I didn't find those specific sites, but I found others like it. But doesn't
    Vista encrypt the contents of the ReadyBoost cache? If so, isn't NTFS
    better suited for it despite the shorter shelf life? [Note: not that I am
    going to change to NTFS solely for this reason -- the ability to encrypt the
    cache file alone is not enough reason for me to switch the flash drive to

    Ken Gardner, Feb 18, 2007
  10. It will be encrypted also on FAT32.
    If a wear-levelling mechanism is poorly implemented then flash memory
    will be quickly wear-out, because NTFS make write operations even when
    you only read files. But I think in case of ReadyBoost pagefile it's not
    very important; it's a single file only, and it's accessed by system
    differently than normal files (by direct addressing 4 kB chunks).

    Michal Kawecki, Feb 18, 2007
  11. I can't see how wear-levelling can work when the entire capacity of
    the device is in use...

    Saws are too hard to use.
    Be easier to use!
    cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user), Feb 19, 2007
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    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> "cquirke (MVP
    If specific portions of the drive are written repeatedly whenever ANY
    portion of the drive is written (for example, if the last-accessed date
    is written over and over) you may run into problems.
    DevilsPGD, Feb 20, 2007

  13. On my 1,90 GB pendrive Vista created 1,79 GB pagefile only, so there is
    plenty space for wear-levelling and spare sectors.
    Michal Kawecki, Feb 20, 2007
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