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    Ok, I've read and read and read till my eyes are bleeding.

    I've come up with 2 different points of view from various posts here on the forums about the settings to use when formatting SD cards. Here they are:

    1.) Format with FAT 32
    (format f: /FS:FAT32 /A:32K)

    2.) Format with FAT
    (format f: /FS:FAT /A:32K)

    Which is the better option and why?

    Oh, also I came up with these 4 different directions on where/how to format the SD card:

    1.) Some say use "quick formatting" in Admin/Systems/Computer Managment, etc...

    2.) Others say to do a "full format" with the same.

    3.) Others say to use DOS command as above.

    4.) Finally still others say to format the SD card in the Treo.

    Any pros-v-cons to those 3 different choices?
    Last edited by bjmarler; 06/20/2007 at 08:50 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bjmarler View Post
    Ok, I've read and read and read till my eyes are bleeding. ....... 4.) Finally still others say to format the SD card in the Treo.
    First of all, if your eyes are bleeding you are trying too hard. Secondly, how do you format in the Treo anyway? I don't see that option. Personally, I just use the GUI in Windows and format FAT 32. No issues.

    -Frank
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankxs View Post
    ...how do you format in the Treo anyway? I don't see that option...
    Launch the Card Info app and select Format Card from the Card menu.
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    For 2GB or less, doesn't matter. For 4GB or larger, format in fat32 with large allocation size. Search an old thread started by mine along time ago.
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    I have had the best luck with the full DOS format as it checks for errors and lets me specify the filesystem (FAT, FAT32, etc) as well as the cluster size. I personally have have found better speed with FAT and 32k clusters on 1gb & 2gb cards. As mentioned, you must use FAT32 on cards over 2GB for use in Treos.

    Regardless of how you format, I always suggest a full format rather than a quick. A quick may not catch physical disk errors that a full format would.
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    Garmin Mobile XT performed orders of magnitude faster on my Treo 700p with a 2 GB SD card when it was formatted in FAT. It us unusable in FAT32. Garmin tech. support verified this...

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