What is FAT?!!!

Discussion in 'Supercard' started by King Klux, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. King Klux
    OP

    King Klux Newbie

    Newcomer
    8
    0
    Mar 8, 2007
    United States
    I own a supercard mini sd. When i plug my mini sd card ino my computer and click format, i find two options: FAT or FAT32. What does this mean? Which one should i set it to? Thanks
     
  2. bobrules

    bobrules GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Member
    1,942
    2
    Apr 20, 2006
    Canada
    Toronto
    I have no idea as well. I think it's some kind of drive format. Could any expert explain it?
     
  3. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    23,490
    9,310
    Nov 21, 2005
    File Allocation Table, it is a type of file system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_file_systems

    Basically it is a list of where the files on the cart start and finish, other common ones include NTFS and ext(2/3).

    I suggest using FAT, technically it is inferior to FAT32 (FAT32 can use bigger clusters) but you will not really notice the difference.

    You can format using the right click on drive format approach although if you want a little bit better performance (reduced slowdowns) then you can use the dos prompt
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documen...t.mspx?mfr=true

    I formatted my cart the other day (in drive I: at the time) using 64K clusters as follows:
    format i: /fs:FAT /v:DSCARD /a:64K /x

    The /x might be unnecessary, what it does is stop the drive and stop any files being accessed at the time from being accessed.

    Or you could use the GUI instead (the above way is quicker in my opinion)
    Hit start -> run and type compmgmt.msc before hitting enter.
    Left hand box, click on disk management, right click your card drive and hit format. Choose options as above.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000
     
  4. archagon

    archagon GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    199
    0
    Jan 17, 2003
    United States
  5. moshii

    moshii GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    216
    0
    Jun 6, 2006
    函館
    That's giving it too much credit [​IMG].
     
  6. TLSpartan

    TLSpartan Kills threads

    Member
    2,053
    0
    Oct 20, 2006
    that guy has a small penis. btw what is better FAT or FAT32
     
  7. CYatta

    CYatta GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    327
    0
    Jan 14, 2006
    United States
    I think that picture's racist..But, it's too, weird to tell. And I think FAT32 is better for larger storage.
     
  8. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

    Former Staff
    6,613
    133
    Jan 14, 2007
    United States
    USA
    Use FAT for cards 2gigs or less. Use FAT32 for cards larger than 2gigs.
     
  9. Mewgia

    Mewgia drifter

    Member
    2,161
    10
    Dec 16, 2006
    United States
    Boston, MA
    Your mom.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Qpido

    Qpido Call me Q.

    Member
    634
    0
    Jul 12, 2006
    Netherlands
    Very uncalled for O_O.

    Q~
     
  11. beautifulbeast

    beautifulbeast GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    405
    0
    Mar 10, 2007
    Madrid
    Back to the subject of the thread, I've heard a couple of times that FAT is better for our flash drives, but never a reason why. Would FAT32 make access times slower or flaky?
    Anyone knows? FAST6191?
     
  12. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    23,490
    9,310
    Nov 21, 2005
    It is not as much slower but the hardware and software (firmware and loader) is not able to cope quite as well.
     
  13. Perseid

    Perseid GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    279
    0
    Mar 24, 2007
    United States
    Things like flash carts and digital cameras have very limited space for code. Support for FAT32 and NTFS cost ROM space, programming time and royalty fees. FAT16 is the lowest common denominator so everyone supports that.