- Open My Computer
- Right-click the drive and click Properties
- On the Properties dialog select Hardware
- Select the physical drive (all drives will be listed) and click Properties
- Select Policies and click Optimize for Performance
- Click OK to close the property dialogs.
- Portability: the drive will be unreadable by computers running Windows 95, 98 or Me, Linux, or any other non-Windows device.
- Longevity: NTFS will shorten the life of the drive. It is a journalling file system, which means that it logs changes, not just the end result, causing more writes to the drive. It also logs last access times for files, so even a read causes a write access. Flash memory has a lifespan of only about 100,000 writes.
- Ease of access: NTFS records the owner of a file, so you are likely to see “Access denied” messages if you try to access the file on another computer. This could be regarded as a benefit, but it's actually just an inconvenience, as the data is not encrypted. If you want to secure the data on your USB memory sticks from prying eyes you should use encryption.