Fat/Fat32, does it matter?

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  1. Omgwtfisthat
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    Mine is formatted in fat, and has no problems. Should I format it to fat32?
     


  2. Opium

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    fat32 has the advantage of long filenames and such. You probably wont experience any difference but I still recommend formatting to fat32. Up to you.
     
  3. twit21

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    Make a more educated decision with a little research:

    FAT vs. FAT32.
     
  4. Omgwtfisthat
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    Thanks you guys
     
  5. helpme

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    i always use FAT with 64k clusters because of the speed boost it gives you
     
  6. Omgwtfisthat
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    I don't really understand any of this stuff, I just wanna know which is better for DSTT xD
     
  7. cruddybuddy

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    I think most people who are fat and 32 years old play a lot of World of Warcraft.
     
  8. azotyp

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    When sdhc cards are formated in fat they work faster (checken it and it is true).
     
  9. rdurbin

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    if most of your files are big (commerical roms), you should use FAT. If you use lots of small files you should use fat32 (like homebrew)
     
  10. ZAFDeltaForce

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    FAT16, 64KB clusters.
     
  11. Omgwtfisthat
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    Oh I forgot to mention I'm using a 2gb MicroSD, so I can't format to FAT16
     
  12. helpme

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    YES you can
     
  13. Omgwtfisthat
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    No, actually no I can't. Well not with windows.
     
  14. azotyp

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    yes you can via command line

    you just write in command line

    format g: /FS:FAT

    g is the letter of your flash drive it could be other than g
    I formatted my 4 gb sdhc card with that command
     
  15. Omgwtfisthat
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    format g: /FS:FAT
    FAT? I can format to FAT, but not FAT16

    Anyway I think I'll keep it as FAT, thanks for contributing people
     
  16. helpme

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    Go to: Start -> Run -> diskmgmt.msc

    Select your SD card and right-click "Format"

    * Volume Label: Whatever you like
    * File System: FAT
    * Allocation unit size: Default or 64k
     
  17. twit21

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    Just going to point out that FAT16 has a finite number of files that can be stored in the root directory of its file structure - 512 files (less if you use long file names). That's a lot of files, but I'm pointing it out because the DSTT supports up to a 4TB SDHC card. It's conceivable (however unlikely) that you may run into this problem at some future date.

    It bit me in the ass when I was trying to load my wife's digital photo frame up for her. We have some 1000+ pictures of our cats and daughter, but the old frame would only read FAT16. A half hour of research turned up the above link, which is why I applied my two bits to this thread.
     
  18. Omgwtfisthat
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    Thanks for the tip twit (wow, 1000 photos)

    and helpme, yep I formatted it to FAT with default allocation size
     
  19. helpme

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    how do you format a SDHC card to FAT16 i thought they were just FAT32 cause FAT16 has a 4GB limit??
     
  20. FrozenOne23

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    Yea that's what I tought too? [​IMG]