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    What FS do you use on your USB flash drives?

    [for Win OS usage, random filetypes]
    PS. Am I right that EXT4 and ZFS are adviced for desktop *nix-based OSes?
    And what algorithm will you advice on choosing it depending on size? Performance is a priority of course. So many threads but no definite opinion. What about ExFAT?
    Does NTFS faster than FAT32 and reduces lifetime of sticks?

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    I made a test a long time ago showing that copy a 2GB file from and to FAT32 stick is slower than to NTFS one (on the same stick).
    But, well, I couldn't find the reason...

    And about "reduces lifetime of sticks"?
    https://www.howtogeek.com/177529/htg...stead-of-ntfs/
    NTFS: "Your removable drive doesn’t need journaling like a system drive does. In fact, journaling could just result in additional writes that could reduce the life of the drive’s flash memory."

    Some more infomation about ExFAT: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT

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    So generally speaking people use FAT32 for flash lifetime increase? I read `bout exfat but didn`t come to definite opinion.

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    Yes, it increase flash lifetime, but even you copy some big files to your NTFS flash every day,
    it's lifetime still around 5 years. (mine was 6 years, copy 4 x 3GB files to 16GB HP stick everyday)
    In my opinion, just use what you want. If you still want to balance lifetime and performance use ExFAT.

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