How should I format my MircoSD?

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May 1, 2010
  1. andynerd
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    What filesystem should I use? fat or fat 32 also what type of allocation unit size?
     
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    Well, use the Panasonic SD Formatter (That's what I used)(Google it)
    And, well, I think FAT32 (That's what I use)
     
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    if it's 4gb, FAT 32 with 32kb format works the best
     
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    +1. The Panasonic Formatter will automatically assign a file system to the card depending on whether its SD or SDHC and its size.
     
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    You don't want to use the Windows formatter. Get the Panasonic SD formatter, and you'll be good to go.
     
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    windows 7 formatter is really great though
     
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    USE THE PANASONIC SD FORMATTER.

    The Panasonic formatter is designed specifically for SD cards, and it automatically chooses the best settings to increase transfer rate and prevent corruption. Whereas the Windows formatter is a basic formatter designed for hard drives that doesn't take any precautions when it comes to detecting what kind of storage media you're using.
     
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    yh, i asked the same question a while back. if ur gonna be playing loads of 256 mb roms, format as fat32. if ur gonna be playing 16,32 or 64mb roms, even when trimmed, go for a fat16 Filesystem. FAT32works great for me on my r4. dont bother with the Panasonic one. just use the windows formatter and untick "quick format".
    it will be long, but it will be worth it , especially if you plan on using MoonShell [​IMG]
     
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    What about the options in the panasonic formatter ?
    Like quick format and size adjustment.
    Should I always choose size adjustment ( to have the best formatting for that type of card ) and does quick save give a much inferior result ?
     
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    I keep 'size adjustment' on, because the formatter automatically disables it if your SD doesn't support it. And it's better if if you turn 'quick format' off just in case the formatter misses something.

    Also, make sure you NEVER DEFRAGMENT AN SD CARD (or any other flash memory).
     

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