fat or fat32

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  1. aimansss95
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    aimansss95 GBAtemp Regular

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    i wonder which is the best? most people said that fat 32 is the best but i'm not really sure..
    u see, when i format my sd to fat32. it's quite slow. i notice this when i play Jump Ultimate Star. it happens on the character seletion screen.
    whenever i press a different class. there's a temporary lag... it's for a short while but i don't seem to experience it when i'm using fat.
    could you please explain this to me? thanks in advance
     
  2. Da-Bomb1

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    Don't use the Windows formatter. Use the official SD one with quick mode set off.
     
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    i use the panasonic sd formatter
    bui i don't think i see any option to change it to fat32?
    and i always do a full format not the quick one
     
  4. Bri

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    The reason the Panasonic formatter (which is the same as the SD formatter that da-Bomb1 mentions) doesn't have the option is because it chooses the correct type for your microSD card. In general, a microSD card should be formatted as FAT16 whereas a microSDHC card requires FAT32. There is a grey area with 4GB microSD/microSDHC cards. In general, if you can format with FAT16 you should since FAT16 is faster than FAT32.

    But just use the Panasonic formatter and you don't have to worry about it.

    I believe that a quick format is fine, although a full format won't hurt. You want the format size adjustment OFF.

    -Bri
     
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    If you are using 4 or 6GB Format in fat32 with 32k cluster size. This will speed up the menu with this cluster size.

    If you are using 8GB Format in fat32 with 64k cluster size. This will speed up the menu with this cluster size.
     
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    Or just use the Panasonic formatter and it will choose the most appropriate cluster size for you.

    There are drawbacks to setting your cluster size too high. For one thing, you won't be able to fit as much data on your microSD/HC card. For another, you'll have to use the Windows format command, which doesn't format your card according to SD specs which can eventually cause corruption.

    One final word of advice. Make sure you put your games and other files into folders. There is a limit to the number of files that can be on the root of your microSD card, particularly with FAT16.

    -Bri
     
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    I don't think moonshell 2 likes a 64k cluster size.
     
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    It's not practical to use fat16 on a card over 2gb. Fat16 is fine for cards up to 2gb on anything higher your card is designed to be used with fat32 format.
     
  9. aimansss95
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    i see...
    thanks guys i'll try
    but now my card is in FAT
    i think
    where can i change that? or the panasonic formatter already did on its own?