Monday, January 19, 2009

Format Pendrive or USB drive in NTFS Format and Prevent any Virus from Entering your Pendrive

NTFS file format offers more security and speed compared with the other file system's like FAT or FAT32. When you want to format a Pen drive or USB drive in NTFS file system Format actually you will not see any option in Windows by default to do it. When you right click on the Pen drive's icon and choose format option you will get only two options FAT and FAT32 to format the pendrive. So you can format your USB drive in those two formats only. So here is a way to format you Pendrive in NTFS file system format.

The best advantage of NTFS file system format is that data can be written to the pendrive only using our system i.e. by your pc only (the data is secure). So when we plug on to other system they can only read the drive and cant write to it since the pendrive is in NTFS file format. So we don't need to fear any virus from entering our pendrive.
Here's how to do it.

  • Plug the USB drive or Pendrive to your PC.
  • Now right click on MY Computer in Desktop and select Device Manager.
  • Select Disk Drive and Expand it (+) and you can see your drive.
  • Now right click on it and select Properties and go to the Policies Tab.
  • Now activate the option showing Optimize For Performance and press OK .
  • This will enable the pendrive to be used in NTFS file format. From now on you will get the option to format your Pendrive or USB drive in NTFS file format.
You will also notice a speed increase in writing and reading data with your pendrive, this is because the pendrive or USB drive is now optimized for performance mode.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous nunu said...

hmm...that means..it limit out way of communication then. The purpose of flash drive is to transfer data between one to other computer, isnt it? How if we want to copy file from the other computer to the flash drive?,,
Is NTFS safe?how could you explain our virus still get virus even our drive is formatted in NTFS?
Correct me..thanks..

January 21, 2009 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Amal said...

The Purpose of flash drive is to surely transfer data between computers. If you need to copy files from other systems you need to format the drive in either FAT or FAT32 format.When you format your drive any way if there is virus n it it will also get deleted. when you format your pendrive in NTFS format only you the Administrator can write to it.I just told a way to secure your flash drives when you give it to some body so that your flash drive will be safe. So this way you can protect it when giving to unknown sources.

February 2, 2009 at 5:52 PM  

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