View Full Version : formatting a memory card
February 9, 2005, 10:54 PM
the more u format a memory card, the smaller the capacity gets?
February 10, 2005, 12:16 AM
no, its different from a disk drive, its electrical. whenever its formated all the original space should be available. however at factry shipment the size will not show the amount it should because of...(just went blank, i need to go and look this up again.) oh well is like an HD the actual size when shiped is less.
February 10, 2005, 02:03 PM
well i have a 64 mb memory card i got with my cellfone..the original size was 61mb but i formatted it last nite and now it says 60.2 mb
February 11, 2005, 09:07 PM
i called cable and wireless and they say anytime i format the nokia mmc card it decreases the total capacity. does that happen for all memory cards?
February 11, 2005, 09:40 PM
probably it works like a hdd whereas when you format you hard drive it doesnt completely get deleted it just gets encoded in some sector of your hdd(open for riddicule and scruteny)......
February 11, 2005, 09:41 PM
first i am hearing that.
February 11, 2005, 09:51 PM
i really donno if it's true, but thats what he (to customer care agent) said
February 12, 2005, 05:55 AM
Yo yute, a guess u learn your lesson now. Format your memory card as little as possible.
February 12, 2005, 07:36 AM
the memory card would be the same as the jump drives right? (no moving parts). i have formated my jump drive so more often, and the size remains the same.
February 12, 2005, 07:46 AM
well thas what i thought..donno tho. this memory card has moved from 64 (i think) to 61, now 60.2
February 12, 2005, 11:52 AM
It could be that the phone's OS/software reserves some storage for its own purposes. Seen that happen with the Memory Stick Duo on my P800.
February 13, 2005, 02:35 PM
ya'll know the meaning of flash memory, what ya'll are talking about is pure nonsense. The size of flash drive or SD Card or any other storage media never changes and gets smaller each time you format it....that just dosent make tech sense.....I have a 256 SD Card that has been formated over 50 times already and the size is still the same ....so ya'll stop worring over crap...
February 13, 2005, 10:11 PM
what does this look like? this was originally 64MB
February 26, 2005, 07:40 PM
Formatting the card does reduce it's size each time, because of things called "Factory/Manufacture's Defects" which maintains the internal filing structure (eg FAT / FAT32 /NTFS on windows or DOS)
When you "formatt" a memory card, what you actually do is simply blanken the actual "root table" which causes your files to be overwritten the next ime you store items on the card. Once you formatt a card, the files are still there (you can't see or access them) untill your phone/Camera/PDA overwrites them with something else
February 26, 2005, 09:47 PM
thanks for the info..i will try my best not to format it again
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