memory cards are one of the most commonly used mediums for storing and sharing data. They provide portability as well as being small. Flash
memory cards are used on a variety of electronic gadgets like digital cameras, mobile phones or PDAs. Before they can be used on any of these compatible electronic devices one must format the
memory cards first. For cards with memory less than 32MB
the recommended file system is FAT16. For cards with higher memory the default option is FAT32
. The options to format the
memory cards can be easily found under control panel
Flash memory cards must be formatted with the FAT16 file system to be used by devices (camera, PDA, phone, etc..).
However, for memory cards larger than 32MB, Windows XP provides the default FAT32 file system.
Thanks to Jeff for this tip
- Thus, to format a memory card, proceed as follows:
- Open the Control Panel
- Select Administrative Tools, then go to Computer Management
- Select Disk Management
- Click the right mouse button on the player corresponding to the memory card and select "Format FAT" (do not *choose FAT32n unless the card has a capacity of over 2GB).