DataStick compatibility with TV, BluRay, stereo, game console, etc.

See further below for an explanation of the issue regarding use of USB flash drives in stereo systems and other non-computer devices.

Immediately below is a workaround solution to the issue:

  1. Make sure any data on the USB drive is backed up on your computer (or other media).
  2. Download and install the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. To download, visit and search for "HP Format Tool".
  3. Once the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool is successfully installed, connect your Centon USB drive and start the software from the Start menu.
  4. Make sure the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool is set to format the correct drive.  Formatting will erase the files stored on the drive.  Setting the software to format the wrong drive will result in undesired data loss.
  5. Set the software to format the Centon USB drive as FAT32.  Once set, begin the format.
  6. When the format completes, close the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool and begin copying your music or other files to the Centon USB drive.
  7. When done, safely remove the Centon drive.  For instructions, see Safely removing a Flash Drive.


That's it.  Your stereo system should now recognize the drive and the media that you have copied to it.


Standalone device compatibility
The system requirements of Centon DataStick USB drives are:

  • Desktop or notebook computer with USB Port
  • Microsoft Windows 2000
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Mac OS 9.0 or later
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux Kernel 2.4.2 or later

We cannot guarantee that DataStick drives can work on a non-computer environment.

Standalone devices may be limited to FAT16 & FAT32 file system support. Drives 64GB or larger may come formatted to exFAT (or NTFS), which may not be supported on a non-computer environment.

Due to a limitation of the FAT32 file system, FAT32 drive volumes cannot be formatted in capacities larger than 32GB. Consequently, 64GB or larger drives may come formatted as exFAT (or NTFS). Below are Microsoft Knowledgebase articles discussing this limitation.

Limitations of the FAT32 File System - Article ID: 184006
Limitations of the FAT32 File System in Windows XP - Article ID: 314463

There are aftermarket applications that work around this limitation. One such application is the HP Format Tool (available by searching Google, Bing,, or your preferred search engine). Use this tool to format large capacity drives to FAT32 to aid in getting the drive recognized on your device.