my XP Professional laptop wont format any memory stick over 32Gb

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rookie79pandora79 Forum Member • Posts: 70
my XP Professional laptop wont format any memory stick over 32Gb

My XP Professional laptop will not format any memory stick/or card greater than 32Gb.. however i did once buy a mem stick which did, why is this?.

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rookie79pandora79 wrote:

My XP Professional laptop will not format any memory stick/or card greater than 32Gb.. however i did once buy a mem stick which did, why is this?.

What file system are you trying to format with?

"XP can't format a partition larger than 32 GB as FAT32, although it can read FAT32 partitions larger than that. If you want to use FAT32 rather than NTFS, you'll need to use a third-party tool to do the formatting."

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-hardware/what-is-max-size-usb-thumb-drive-supported-by-xp/f7af95da-2b13-420d-820d-86dc10c253f2

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rookie79pandora79 wrote:

My XP Professional laptop will not format any memory stick/or card greater than 32Gb.. however i did once buy a mem stick which did, why is this?

If you recall formatting a > 32GB mem stick, you probably did it with third party software.

https://www.howtogeek.com/316977/how-to-format-usb-drives-larger-than-32gb-with-fat32-on-windows/

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CAcreeks wrote:

rookie79pandora79 wrote:

My XP Professional laptop will not format any memory stick/or card greater than 32Gb.. however i did once buy a mem stick which did, why is this?

If you recall formatting a > 32GB mem stick, you probably did it with third party software.

https://www.howtogeek.com/316977/how-to-format-usb-drives-larger-than-32gb-with-fat32-on-windows/

Could be; also, I wonder if a previously full-formatted >32GB drive (from the OEM?) could be successfully quick-formatted by XP without destroying the factory formatting?

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Slightly off-topic, but related:

The SD Association defines four capacity standards. The SDHC standard is for cards with more than 2 GB, and up to 32 GB, of capacity. It uses FAT32. SDXC is for cards with more than 32 GB, and up to 2 TB, of capacity. It uses exFAT.

SD Association – Capacity (SD/SDHC/SDXC/SDUC)

Given the 32 GB formatting limitation in the Windows XP implementation of FAT32, it is probably not an accident that the SDHC standard tops out at 32 GB.

I wouldn't recommend formatting a memory card meant for use in a digital camera with the "wrong" filesystem. FAT32 is the "wrong" filesystem for a SDXC card, even if there is a chance that some camera implementations might tolerate "mix and match".

If you format SD-family cards on a computer, the SD Association recommends that you use their application instead of the one that came with the operating system.

SD Association – SD Memory Card Formatter

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Tom_N wrote:

Slightly off-topic, but related:

The SD Association defines four capacity standards. The SDHC standard is for cards with more than 2 GB, and up to 32 GB, of capacity. It uses FAT32. SDXC is for cards with more than 32 GB, and up to 2 TB, of capacity. It uses exFAT.

SD Association – Capacity (SD/SDHC/SDXC/SDUC)

Given the 32 GB formatting limitation in the Windows XP implementation of FAT32, it is probably not an accident that the SDHC standard tops out at 32 GB.

I wouldn't recommend formatting a memory card meant for use in a digital camera with the "wrong" filesystem. FAT32 is the "wrong" filesystem for a SDXC card, even if there is a chance that some camera implementations might tolerate "mix and match".

If you format SD-family cards on a computer, the SD Association recommends that you use their application instead of the one that came with the operating system.

SD Association – SD Memory Card Formatter

I personally never do anything to an SD card with a computer except copy image files from it. When a card approaches being full, I format it in the particular camera it'll be used in.

So far, that method has caused no problems at all for me.

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Austinian wrote:

Tom_N wrote:

If you format SD-family cards on a computer, the SD Association recommends that you use their application instead of the one that came with the operating system.

SD Association – SD Memory Card Formatter

SD Association has not provided a Linux version.

I never had problems with hand-me-down >32GB microSD cards from my phamily's fones, formatted as FAT32 in Linux, then used in my Android phone.

My wife keeps Harry Potter movies on her phone (don't tell Universal studios) so she needs exFAT, but I would never watch movies on a phone.

I personally never do anything to an SD card with a computer except copy image files from it. When a card approaches being full, I format it in the particular camera it'll be used in. So far, that method has caused no problems at all for me.

This is the best way, because cameras (usually? always?) set up a directory structure intended for their writing and review.

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Austinian wrote:

CAcreeks wrote:

rookie79pandora79 wrote:

My XP Professional laptop will not format any memory stick/or card greater than 32Gb.. however i did once buy a mem stick which did, why is this?

If you recall formatting a > 32GB mem stick, you probably did it with third party software.

https://www.howtogeek.com/316977/how-to-format-usb-drives-larger-than-32gb-with-fat32-on-windows/

Could be; also, I wonder if a previously full-formatted >32GB drive (from the OEM?) could be successfully quick-formatted by XP without destroying the factory formatting?

The site the HowToGeek site linked to, RidgeCrop, is inaccessible when I tried to click on the link. I had a friend who was uncontactable for some years. He used the demon.co.uk domain so the the entire site is gone now.

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wklee wrote:

Austinian wrote:

CAcreeks wrote:

rookie79pandora79 wrote:

My XP Professional laptop will not format any memory stick/or card greater than 32Gb.. however i did once buy a mem stick which did, why is this?

If you recall formatting a > 32GB mem stick, you probably did it with third party software.

https://www.howtogeek.com/316977/how-to-format-usb-drives-larger-than-32gb-with-fat32-on-windows/

Could be; also, I wonder if a previously full-formatted >32GB drive (from the OEM?) could be successfully quick-formatted by XP without destroying the factory formatting?

The site the HowToGeek site linked to, RidgeCrop, is inaccessible when I tried to click on the link. I had a friend who was uncontactable for some years. He used the demon.co.uk domain so the the entire site is gone now.

As best I recall, that used to be a pretty well-known domain. But not really a surprise it's dead, and not much demand for Windows XP fixes nowadays anyhow.

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wklee wrote:

Austinian wrote:

CAcreeks wrote:

rookie79pandora79 wrote:

My XP Professional laptop will not format any memory stick/or card greater than 32Gb.. however i did once buy a mem stick which did, why is this?

If you recall formatting a > 32GB mem stick, you probably did it with third party software.

https://www.howtogeek.com/316977/how-to-format-usb-drives-larger-than-32gb-with-fat32-on-windows/

Could be; also, I wonder if a previously full-formatted >32GB drive (from the OEM?) could be successfully quick-formatted by XP without destroying the factory formatting?

Good hypothesis. I doubt it, because in the Ballmer era Microsoft was trying to promote use of its semi-useless (IMO) exFAT format.

The site the HowToGeek site linked to, RidgeCrop, is inaccessible when I tried to click on the link. I had a friend who was uncontactable for some years. He used the demon.co.uk domain so the the entire site is gone now.

OP rookie79pandora79 has not gotten back to us, but there are plenty of alternatives to format 64GB or higher flash devices on XP, including AOMEI Partition Assistant. Can't recall what I used back then, but it was not AOMEI. An old version of Rufus for XP is still available (2.18).

https://rufus.ie/downloads/

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