Compact Flash

Sandisk 256mb extreme compactflash card
March 19, 2010 at 03:07:24
Specs: Windows XP
I need to format a 256MB CF in RAW file format how do I do this

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#1
March 19, 2010 at 12:52:40
RAW is no format or the lack of format. Raw devices are used like old tape drives. Why do you want it raw?

If it says raw then an xp user with rights to use format can format it to something like fat or ntfs.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#2
March 19, 2010 at 13:33:16
Thankyou for the infomation, most helpfull.
The reason I want RAW is I have a device in a combine harvester for mapping yeild along with GPS, the card in it is small 16mb and PCMCIA. I want to use my 256 compact flash card with an adaptor so then I can plug it into my PC and not have to use my old laptop first then tranfrer the data.
We do this already with another Combine and the card is RAW, so I know it works.
When I put this card in it does not recognize. the card is already formated in FAT.
Can I clear all formats to make it RAW?
Thanks

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#3
March 19, 2010 at 18:02:25
Not sure you can do it easily in Windows. The normal way is to simply partition it. It will leave it unformatted. Linux live cd can do that. There are ways to get around that in windows.If you attach it to a sata or ide to CF adapter it should show as a normal hard drive. Otherwise you need to do what they call flip bit.

Diskpart might do it also.

256 should be supported but there is a chance it may not be if the combine is real old.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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