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Just bought a 500g ministation buffalo one. but very slow in transferring files from computer. As I am using windows xp, should I format to NTFS or keep it as FAT32 as it comes

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Keep it at Fat 32 as most USB drives come that way. and any Windows operating system will recognize the drive. The reason that it transfers files slowly is because the USB drives are slow compared to internal drives. Also your USB ports may be of the older variety USB 1, rather than USB 2, but this is a function of *********** board chipset. For instance, many USB drives are coming out with the ad on the box saying compatible with USB 3, but if your machine only has USB 1 or 2, then it can not be run at the higher speed. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Serial_Bus

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