Formatting mp3 player?

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tiger_tops

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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!
 
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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.
 
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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.
 

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