USB card/disk format utility?

November 28, 2005 at 16:45:41
Specs: win9x, 512

Hi, doe's anybody knows about format utility for windows 9x which allow me to choose formatfilesystem on target device? (FAT12/16/32)
Stupid windows format forces FAT12 on my 8MB CF card I NEED FAT16 there...

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November 28, 2005 at 17:01:47

For small drives/partitions (<16Mb) I believe FAT12 is the rule

Resist the temptation to close your request for help with semantically-null questions like “Can anyone help me?”

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November 28, 2005 at 17:12:45

FAT12 or FAT16 or FAT32,it all depends on the memory size you got.Yours is a small unit and it is normal.Type of FAT is depending on memory size.It used to be the same for the first hard drives that were sold with only 20 Mb.You can try the HP Format Tool to experiment with USB flash memory.
Good luck.

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November 28, 2005 at 19:50:59

As I read, the minimum clusters about 4000 for FAT16 IS RULE, not the disk size. So I can easily have about 8000 of 1kB clusters - this should be correct for fat16. I'm pretty sure there is some util for other systems, eg. linux but I need for win.

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November 28, 2005 at 20:19:24

OMFG I found that it can be simple done using 2k/xp format program, the idea is simple:
use /A: parameter to specify cluster size to be too smal for FAT12 - when I chose 1024B then number of clusters exceed 4096 and disk was formatted with FAT16, yeaah!
I was searching this for long hours...

The HP utility can do the same + it successfuly formated my CF in NTFS (which windows didn't) but it's not needed for me.

BTW I'd be like to get this advanced format command work also in Win98, is it possible?

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November 28, 2005 at 22:01:55

I copied the WinXP file over to Win98. When I tried to run it, it came up with a missing DLL (ULIB.DLL). I copied that DLL over and tried again. It came up with another missing DLL. At that point I gave up.

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November 29, 2005 at 03:29:54

Yes I know, it needs some function NtDelayExecution and maybe else from NTDLL.DLL used by ULIB.DLL. I think if somebody made some hack. It is possible, Doom 3 is also 2k/XP game and I have some hack to patch game exe to run under win98...

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