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Old Sep 17, 2003, 5:55 PM   #21
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You guys need to reformat your cards to use bigger block clusters.

There's a description of how to do it at the bottom of this link:
http://www.finepix.nl/memcards/

# WIN 2000 / WIN XP:
> Start
> Run
> Type 'cmd'
> Type 'Format <driveletter>: /FS:FAT /A:8192' (FS=FileSystem A=Allocation Unit Size)
> Hit 'ENTER'
> Confirm


I used "/A:16K" for my sandisk 128Mb and it made all the difference before I reformated, it could record about 7 seconds (640x480) and then stop. Also when I played them back, I'd always get read errors. With the reformat I get 31s and can play back with no prob. also pictures save/load faster.

I think it depends on the size of your card for how big you can make the allocation blocks.
Try
/A:8192 for <128Mb
/A:16K for 128Mb
/A:32K for 256Mb
/A:64K for 512Mb

Try bigger if you want but I think windows will complain if you go too big.



Also if you are shopping for a new card amazon has a good deal right now:
viking 256MB for $30 after rebate. 8)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...792162-2960018
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Old Oct 7, 2003, 8:08 PM   #22
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Hi all,

Thanks very much for all the comments so far.

regarding the card formating, please excuse if this followup question may sound stupid.

Can you put the CF card in the "floppy" drive door on your pc and type :

Type 'Format <driveletter>: /FS:FAT /A:8192' (FS=FileSystem A=Allocation Unit Size)

from a DOS prompt ? or would you need to do it via a card reader ?

cheers,
Q.
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Old Oct 14, 2003, 1:42 PM   #23
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Umm. Wow.

No, you need a special reader for the CF cards.

search for
COMPACT FLASH READER
at amazon.com or your favorite online store. You can find them for <$10. They are typically hooked up using USB.
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