FAT 16 or 32?

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Oct 19, 2007

FAT 16 or 32? by mike1984 at 4:50 AM (1,423 Views / 0 Likes) 14 replies

  1. mike1984
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    I have an R4. Which format is better to have and why?
     
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    Fat 16 is better for anything under 2GB for better cluster size.
     
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    I've heard 64kb clusters are better than 32kb, is this truth?
     
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    FAT16 with 64KB clusters reduces the available space of the memory card but runs fastest.
     
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    FAT16 for all small card(
     
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    Since everything under 2GB should be formatted to FAT 16, does that mean that if I get a 2GB Kingston I should format it to FAT 32 since it's not under 2GB? [​IMG]
     
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    Wondering this too.
     
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    everything upto (and including) 4gb should be formatted to fat16 with 64k cluster size.

    Winxp doesn't let you do this under the gui but drop to the cli and type:

    "FORMAT X: /FS:FAT /X /Q"

    where X: is the drive you want to format.
     
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    I personally use FAT32 because of the sorting, but if you're after performance then FAT16 is what you should use. It will work fine for 2GB cards.

    - Sam
     
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    I thought FAT32 was more versatile re:filenames and more space efficient? [​IMG]


    Is FAT16 only better re:speed?
     
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    fat32 is more space efficient, fat16 is faster.

    Formatting a 4gig memstick to fat32 would prolly save 15meg or so over fat16 but would be a lot slower.
     
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    I've tried both FAT16 and FAT32 on my 1gig cards and the difference isn't at all noticeable (using JPN Kingston SD Cards).

    I have all mine at FAT32, now.
     
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    Ok. Thanx for the info. I don't notice any speed issues as is (currently FAT32) so I'll stick with the space saving (only a 2Gb card).


    Cheers
     
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    The difference is definitely noticable using an R4 with kingston jap/toshiba memory cards. Especially on that tony hill downhill jam game. Other carts probably use better access than the R4.
     

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