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Formatting audio drive?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by anonymous, Feb 7, 2003.

  1. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I've been spending all morning trying to format my audio drive. I've been trying to do it using win2k's administrative tools, (FAT32 with 64k clusters). Everything seems to go alright untill it's done formatting (takes forever) when it tells me the volume is too large.

    The drive is a WD120GB.

    The Opus tweaks for Win2k talk a little about formatting it with the boot disk, but when I try to do that it just wants to reinstall Windows.

    Anyone have any suggestions? :confused:

  2. EdWray

    EdWray Active Member

    Yes, too big. NTFS will work just fine for audio.
  3. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    NTFS is the way to go for a 120...fat 32 has to be divided into many many drives (g,h,i,j,,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,) well.... you get it. Particians from hell.

    IS is possible to run large drives in fat 32 Opus?

    I run dual drives, one for op and computer crap, on for starage and audio and I keep a 3rd in the box loose (well bolted down) that I do backup on in case of a problem. Do it once every other day. At 10K+ RPM, Quick as well!
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Thanks for the info.

    I did some checking online and it seems NTFS only lags behind FAT32 by 10% (worst case) in performance. So, Yea, I think I'll go with that.

    Again, thanks for letting me know about FAT32, otherwise I probably would've ended up setting fire to My ANUS instead of painting flames on it. LOL :D (I get a bit angry with technology sometimes) At least there's pleanty of support with this stuff, unlike most of the analog gear I have.

  5. SonOfSmawg

    SonOfSmawg Well-Known Member

    Hmmm ... I never really thought about that before, but it's very true. Good point!
  6. llornkcor

    llornkcor Active Member

    you can tweak ntfs settings so its faster, I think you can turn off writing the access bit. Dont remember exactly how. Ntfs is not 10% slower than fat32.

    Maybe if its encrypted.
  7. anonymous

    anonymous Guests


    If you remember how, could you post those NTFS tweaks sometime? It sure would be helpful.

  8. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    It's in my tweak guide on how to speed up NTFS performance.

    There is no performance difference in all reality between NTFS and FAT32. The only main difference is security with NTFS on a networked system or on a server machine. Plain and simple.
    You can format a drive larger than 32GB on Fat32...you just need to do it in FDISK so you will need to use a 98SE CDROM or a 98 Boot disk of some sort to get there!
  9. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    I thought I might beable to use a 98 disk to do that, I remember it having more options when booting from it. But, since I don't have one available this weekend I just decided to go with NTFS.
    Thanks for the link to the tweaks. I didn't read the XP stuff since I'm using 2k. I think I'll just read everything from now on. :)

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