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Support => Hardware => Topic started by: wmshay6 on December 12, 2018, 09:34:23 pm

Title: Formatting SD Card in FAT 32 format using P9 [SOLVED}
Post by: wmshay6 on December 12, 2018, 09:34:23 pm
I've got several game cameras that capture the wildlife around my place.  Once I've viewed the pictures, I like to format the cards to clean things up a little before reinstalling in the camera.  Problem is, when I use P9 to format them in a way "compatible with most systems and devies" I don't get FAT 32 which is what I need for the cameras.  I also end up with some weird partitioning issues so I cannot even reformat using a windows machine.  I have to go into disk part utility to clear the partitions and basically start from scratch in Win10.  I trying to get away from windows, so would like to figure out what I'm doing wrong and learn how to format in P9 so my SD is FAT 32.  \

Can anyone point me to a good tutorial or guide so I can read up and figure out what I'm doing wrong?  Is it even possible to format a 32GB card to FAT 32 using p9?
Title: Re: Formatting SD Card in FAT 32 format using P9
Post by: spence on December 12, 2018, 11:06:53 pm
When I click on Menu > System >  USB Stick Writer, I am able to select my SD card and the very first formatting option I am offered is Fat 32... which I no longer use, but there it is. NTFS should be more compatible, but maybe not for your particular camera.  
Title: Re: Formatting SD Card in FAT 32 format using P9
Post by: wmshay6 on December 13, 2018, 03:26:45 pm
Well. . .dont"t I feel dumb.  I wasnt"t using that utility-I was using settings->disks-> format disk.  Thank you Spence!
Title: Re: Formatting SD Card in FAT 32 format using P9
Post by: spence on December 13, 2018, 04:45:58 pm
You are welcome @wmshay6! You may still find that your windows devices sometimes reject sd cards formatted this way, but it works just fine 95% of the time. If you find this resolves your problem, would you kindly edit your original post's title and add [SOLVED] to the end, so others hunting the forum for this problem in the future know that we have a solution?
Title: Re: Formatting SD Card in FAT 32 format using P9
Post by: PCNetSpec on December 14, 2018, 09:00:22 am
Windows should accept them every time (as long as they're formatted FAT/FAT32/NTFS).

Caveat - I've seen the USB Stick Formatter RE-format a USB stick that had no defined partition (ie. there was no say /dev/sdb1, just dev/sdb), this worked under Linux but was not recognised by Windows.
(I was kinda surprised it worked under Linux, but there you go :) .. using Gparted to create a partition, then formatting it fixed things so it was recognised by both OS's)