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HD Cluster Size?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Doublehelix, Oct 26, 2001.

  1. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    I am trying to format my 2nd hard drive that will be soley dedicated to my audio files. I have read that it is best to format this drive as a FAT32 drive, and that I should add a switch to the format command as:

    format D: /z:64

    to get 32K clusters.

    Well, when I shell out to "DOS" (I know, it is not *really* DOS, but I am an old guy, and it looks like DOS), I get an error that says /z:64 is an "invalid parameter".

    I remember some things from my DOS days, and typed "format /?" to get a list of acceptable commands, and the "/z" switch is not listed. There is a switch that lookes like it used to specify cluster size...I need to get a 32K cluster size, so what is should the parameter look like:

    format D: /a:32 ?


    format D: /a:64 ?

    Since the /z command was supposed to use "64" to get a 32K cluster, I thought I'd better find out before I do this incorrectly.

    I'd appreciate any help that is out there.


  2. llornkcor

    llornkcor Active Member

    hmm, Try
    format /a:64 for 64 kilobye cluster

    For help type
    format /?

  3. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Well-Known Member

    I was able to trick mine do to that by using my Win98SE disk..I booted up with CDROM support..when it got to the dos prompt I went into Fdisk and made the second hard drive an active primary drive..restarted..back into the 98se boot with CDROM support..went to the win98 directory and then typed in format d:/z:64..worked just fine...but do what ljp says first..if what he suggests dont work..do my little trick!!
  4. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    For some reason, I am unable to format the drive. I get an error message that says that the drive is too large for a FAT32 format. (It is a 40GB HD). I have formatted it using the WD utility that came with the drive, althought I am unable to specify the cluster size.


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