Need help formatting

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  1. j2011
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    I was having some file system errors with the microSD card I use for my DS, so i decided to back everything up, and format the card.

    Trouble is, i don't have a clue what to do.

    Should i use FAT or FAT32, what should I set the allocation unit size to, and what does quick format do?

    Any help or suggestions are much appreciated.
     
  2. Mr.Seiko

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    Fat32 Quickformat with Default settings should work for most Flash carts

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. Uchiha Obito

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    Quick format applies the default stuff that has been programmed on the computer...

    That's a way of doing things but if you don't want that you can format yourself... Use FAT32 and the allocation should be the 4095 kb/s (I'm not really sure about the last numbers but it's around that)... It's the same thing I used for mine so I'm sure that should do it [​IMG]
     
  4. j2011
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    thanks for the help
     
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    Do NOT use your generic Windows formatting utility to format your flash cards. It's was not designed for this purpose. Use the Panasonic SD Formatter instead. You won't have to worry about FAT or FAT32 as it handles this automatically. General rule is anything above 4GB uses FAT32, anything smaller uses FAT.
     
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    Or you can do it the preferred way and use the panasonic sd formatter.
    beat me to it
     
  7. j2011
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    I kinda already used the windows formatting utility.

    is there a problem with using this to format flash cards?
     
  8. Mr.Seiko

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    I have never had any issues when using the Standard Windows Format, or the Erase option in Disk Utility on Mac.

    I've setup many Flash carts and they all work fine.
     
  9. MrDillDough

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    Cheers, this will definitely help me and now I can be sure of formatting my MicroSD whenever I need to now without any danger of killing it. [​IMG]