Flash drive compatibility

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  1. The Pashmeister

    The Pashmeister New Member

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    I don't know if anyone else has experienced this, but I've formatted a flash drive on my Surface RT for storing music on.
    I've saved a load of music on it from a Windows 7 laptop.
    When I insert the flash drive into another PC (Windows XP), it won't read the drive and asks permission to format it.
    It would appear that flash drives formatted on Surface RTs won't work on Windows XP computers?

    I wondered if there was some sort of work around on this (other than installing Windows 7 or 8 on the computer - not an option)?

    Cheers
     
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    GreyFox7 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    What format did you use?
    What size drive?
     
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    The Pashmeister New Member

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    I'd have to check. I haven't got the drive with me. I would think FAT32 or whatever the default setting is on the Surface RT.
     
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    Windows XP doesn't natively support exfat drives, there is a update to give it the capability, if you can find it still. XP should have no problem with ntfs or fat32, even fat32 drives over 32gb. But it will only format fat32 up to 32gb.
     

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