OTG 80 -need to partition??

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Help/Advice requested and appreciated!....
The 80gb OTG drive arrived today.

I connected it to the computer, XP, and it reports a healthy Fat32 partition already. I copied off a couple CF cards, and they plopped right into their new folders.. everything works sweet as pie. I just had to look at the manual tho...

The "manual" says to format, creating a partion (already has one) and that "If you want this partition to used as FAT32 file format, the partition size must be below 32gb. .....

what does that mean? do I need to do anything? does it depend on what I'm using the drive for? etc :)

tia
 
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I don`t know that drive, but from my experience a view guesses:

Maybe it`s only necessary to format, if you install a new Hard drive! Seems like all ready done by the manufacturer?

The 32GB Split is needed for older OS and controllers. It would be needed to be able to connect it to older PC`s

How big is the size of the existing partition? If it is only 32GB, you probably can create another 1-2 Patitions to be able to use all the Storagespace!

I hope this helps.
 
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the entire drive is one partition, nearly it's full 80gb. .. something about FAT32 only being able to deal with 32gb partitions? thanks for the reply Michael, we'll see what others think.
 
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It okay! I had the same question/concern - spoke with Tech Support....the manual is not very good....

The FAT32 and the existing partition is fine just the way it is. I went into the WindowsXP administration through the control panel (as indicated in the manual) and "activated" the partition, but I'm not certain that was necessary either.

FAT32 is good up to 2 Terabytes: The following is from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q154997/

FAT32 Features
FAT32 provides the following enhancements over previous implementations of the FAT file system:

• FAT32 supports drives up to 2 terabytes in size.

NOTE: Microsoft Windows 2000 only supports FAT32 partitions up to a size of 32 GB.

• FAT32 uses space more efficiently. FAT32 uses smaller clusters (that is, 4-KB clusters for drives up to 8 GB in size), resulting in 10 to 15 percent more efficient use of disk space relative to large FAT or FAT16 drives.
• FAT32 is more robust. FAT32 can relocate the root folder and use the backup copy of the file allocation table instead of the default copy. In addition, the boot record on FAT32 drives is expanded to include a backup copy of critical data structures. Therefore, FAT32 drives are less susceptible to a single point of failure than existing FAT16 drives.
• FAT32 is more flexible. The root folder on a FAT32 drive is an ordinary cluster chain, so it can be located anywhere on the drive. The previous limitations on the number of root folder entries no longer exist. In addition, file allocation table mirroring can be disabled, allowing a copy of the file allocation table other than the first one to be active. These features allow for dynamic resizing of FAT32 partitions. Note, however, that although the FAT32 design allows for this capability, it will not be implemented by Microsoft in the initial release.
 
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thank you.... I had a feeling it was fine as is or it wouldn't have worked, as is. :)

Sweet little unit, and paired with the tiny pny cf reader with the built in usb2 cable it's all very compact.. great for travel.
My only concern is the fragile nature of HD's in general, are you worried at all about the bumps and bruises that could occur? ..guess careful is the word for this unit, but better that than not be able to shoot to my hearts content.
 
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Laryl said:
thank you.... I had a feeling it was fine as is or it wouldn't have worked, as is. :)

Sweet little unit, and paired with the tiny pny cf reader with the built in usb2 cable it's all very compact.. great for travel.
My only concern is the fragile nature of HD's in general, are you worried at all about the bumps and bruises that could occur? ..guess careful is the word for this unit, but better that than not be able to shoot to my hearts content.
Micro-drives are quite robust. However, try to not 'jar/knock' the drive while the unit is running. :shock:

Every form of backup will fail at some point. I think Newton first stated this in Principia. :lol:

JohnG
 
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Johnnymg said:
Every form of backup will fail at some point. I think Newton first stated this in Principia. :lol:
JohnG
Or perhaps it was Murphy: :lol:

MURPHY'S LAWS
1. Nothing is as easy as it looks.
2. Everything takes longer than you think.
3. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
4. If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong. Corollary: If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.
5. If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.
6. If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
7. Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
8. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
9. Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
10. Mother nature is a *****.
11. It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
12. Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.
13. Every solution breeds new problems.
 
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Gale said:
Ken,

Sounds like the

OFWC

to me...lololol
Absolutely! I bet we could come up with an OFWC Bible in no time at all... :lol: :lol:
 
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