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Formatting mp3 player?

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by tiger_tops, Apr 7, 2008.

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  1. tiger_tops

    tiger_tops Thread Starter

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    Sorry but there isn't a sub-forum that this question fits into so it's in here:

    My question is what does formatting an mp3 player mean/do exactly? I did look up formatting but in general it seems to have multiple meaning depending on what you're doing. A lot of it seemed storage based, but i was told i should "just format my mp3 player" when i first get it. Also as an alternative to deleting files i want off it all at once. Is it the same as a hard reset?

    I'm not asking this for any particualr reason, i just don't get it, and i want to.... so, thanks!
     
  2. Elvandil

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    It means to create a file system on the drive so it is ready to accept and store files. Though a "soft" format does not delete any data from the drive, the files are removed from the File Allocation Table, so the space is available for new files.
     
  3. wfwolfe

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    I've had two inexpensive mp3 players, one a 2 gig , one a 1 gig , that would not allow more than 600mb in songs until I formatted them. I have a good phillips that I have never formatted and have 1+ gig in music on it.
     
  4. tiger_tops

    tiger_tops Thread Starter

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    I've heard people claim the opposite though - that they appeared to have less space after formatting.
     
  5. Elvandil

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    Formatting a small drive with NTFS will definitely give you less space since the file system structure takes space. But formatting a 2 GB or smaller drive with FAT should give you all the space available.

    This is a good tool for formatting USB devices:

    HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
     
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