convert memory stick to NTFS file system

  morris948 17:25 11 Feb 2008

I have recently brought a 16Gb memory stick from Novatech, i can write files to the full capacity of the USB stick just fine, and i can delete with no problem.

but i want to copy a single file that is 5.7 Gbytes in size but it says it is full.
I believe it is because of the limitations of the FAT 32 file system that prevents writing a file larger than 4 Gb, but i cannot find a way of converting this stick to NTFS, the format options only give me FAT 32 as the option.
Any ideas?

  Joe R 17:28 11 Feb 2008


A lot of the flash drives cannot be formatted in anyway, apart from FAT32.

Have you tried compressing the file, through winzip or winrar.?

  lisa02 17:29 11 Feb 2008

Would like command work?

click here

Obviously change the C to the letter the pen drive shows up as.

  lisa02 17:30 11 Feb 2008

oops *like should be *this

  morris948 17:55 11 Feb 2008

Joe R
Yes i tried zipping it, but it did not reduce hardly any, i have found a workaround by using JR split, to cut it into 3 pieces,.

lisa 02
I will try this command later to see if it works on sticks.

  David4637 16:01 12 Feb 2008

The convert FAT to NTFS link above is for a HD not a pen drive. You may not be able to go to NTFS with this syntax. Try and let us know if you succeed. David

  David4637 16:07 12 Feb 2008

Ps Just found a web page on the same link above which describes how to format a pen drive to NTFS. Here it is click here
Give it a try. David

  morris948 21:07 15 Feb 2008

Thank you for this excellent tip, i tried it and it works Great !!

Thanks again.

  User-312386 21:22 15 Feb 2008

click here and split the files into a solid archive in one folder

  David4637 14:22 16 Feb 2008

Thanks morris for confirming you can NTFS a pen drive and it works. I'll put it in my bottom drawer so to speak. David

  pra35935 12:22 10 Oct 2008

hello frnds... i tried d above way mentioned.... but i cant able to format in NTFS.... it says "windows was unable to do format"....

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