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Offline kerframil

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Low level format yields 63M space on a 128M card
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:45:28 PM »
Hello. I have a 128M PC-E card (without save support). Using Neo2 Pro Manager V1.32 in Windows XP, I have found that performing a low level format leaves only 63M/128M as usable. On the other hand, a standard format leaves 127M/128M as usable. In both cases, I enabled the "PC-E 128M Fix" checkbox. My questions are:

  • Why does a low level format only yield 63M of usable space?
  • What does a low level format do that the standard format does not?
  • What exactly does the PC-E 128M fix do?

When deleting and adding games, I have found that loading often fails for newly added games. Instead, I have to perform a standard format before re-adding all of the games. Even after doing so, the loading remains unreliable. Some games work reliably and some don't and it's never the same set of games after flashing. That's why I wanted to try a low level format but it doesn't leave enough space.