Panasonic Formatter, Why?

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  1. TheThreemagi
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    This is just a curious question I have after reading a lot of threads about people having problems with say the DStwo. People will often say format the SD card and emphasize using the Panasonic Formatter. I'm just curious as to what makes that particular formatter better than any other method of formatting. I've always used formatter that comes with Windows and have never had an issue with the DStwo. So in short, why the Panasonic Formatter?
     
  2. Lilith Valentine

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    If I remember correctly, the Windows Formatter doesn't partion the card right and some Flashcards like Acekard 2i and M3 often have problems with the partioning.
    Panasonic Formatter partions correctly, so it's just the staple for flashcards.
     
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    Oh well, I got ninja'd XD
     
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    Well that was simple. Thanks, I had just gotten curious over often seeing it recommended, occasionally vehemently. =)
     
  5. zizer

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    i have m3izero,dstwo,r4 revolution and never used panasonic formatter
     
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    Yes, normal formatting only rewrites the filesystem, whereas the panasonic formatter redoes the partition table as well (which, if done incorrectly can cause various issues with flash carts).
     
  7. Lilith Valentine

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    As I said, some flashcards have been reported to have problems with Windows in the past, it doesn't mean all cards, just some. So it became a staple to recommend panasonic formatter.
     
  8. zizer

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    what's about acronis? Is it better than panasonic formatter?
     
  9. drewmerc

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    Panasonic formatter is the industry standard (you cant improve on a standard as it would no longer be standard)

    acronis may do it just as well but it's not standard plus how big is acronis
    the panasonic zip is 275kb which is very small (this i see as a plus)
     
  10. Lilith Valentine

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    I have never used acronis, so I have no idea, but it appears drewmerc knows the answer.
     
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    size is nothing , acronis is a good program
     
  12. TheThreemagi
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    I don't think anyone is saying Acronis is not a good program. But Arconis is a larger software suite and cost money, so I can see why people would still recommend Panasonic over it. I say if you have Acronis though, use it. Also what I gather, if you're not having any issues with your flashcart there is no reason to change how you format it.
     
  13. Vulpes Abnocto

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    There's probably nothing wrong with using Acronis.
    But if you do start having problems, this will be the first thing that we recommend you to change.
    Simply because the Panasonic formatting tool is tested and proven to work well.
     
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    Windows can't partition flash drives (such as USB thumb drives and SD cards) at all. Ok, so there is a way but you have to install a filter driver to make Windows think the SD card is a removable hard drive. You do not want to know how many "dead" SD cards I was able to resurrect by using Linux's fdisk (even the Panasonic formatter won't help you in that case as it still needs a drive letter, which won't exist without a proper partition table).
     
  15. Lilith Valentine

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    I know what you mean. I had two 4Gigs I got working again with Gpart myself.
     
  16. KidIce

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    And just a simple format in my PSP (w/ an adapter obviously) has resurrected many of mine. Windows formatter is too "intelligent" for it's own good. It's nice to have systems that let you do what you want to things w/o trying to protect you from yourself. I've used my Amiga to salvage, resurrect and alter Windows box drives for the very same reason.