What is faster exFAT or NTFS?
The NTFS file system consistently shows better efficiency and lower CPU and system resource usage when compared to the exFAT file system and the FAT32 file system, which means file copy operations are completed faster and more CPU and system resources are remaining for user applications and other operating system tasks …
Why is exFAT so slow?
Your USB drive isn’t slow because you have too much stuff on it. It’s slow because it uses a slow storage format like FAT32 or exFAT. You can re-format it to NTFS to get faster write times, but there is a catch. If you want maximum read/write compatibility, format with exFAT.
Why is exFAT unreliable?
They are limited in space and upgrading the drive is a hassle. You also must use HFS or APFS for the drive and if the machine breaks down then you need a Mac to read the data. And since there is only 1 drive you can not format it as FAT without sacrificing at least 1 partition.
What is the best allocation size for exFAT?
If you have no idea about your file size and unit, Default is also a good choice. It will choose a proper cluster size for your drive based on the capacity. For example, according to Microsoft, the executing standard of default cluster size for exFAT is: 7MB – 256MB: 4KB.
What should my allocation unit size be?
If you are a “Standard User” by Microsoft’s definition, you should keep the default 4096 bytes. Basically, the allocation unit size is the block size on your hard drive when it formats NTFS. If you have lots of small files, then it’s a good idea to keep the allocation size small so your harddrive space won’t be wasted.