drgeoff wrote: JoGusto wrote:
drgeoff wrote:After you use the SD Formatter, eject the card and put it back in the Windows computer again. Check that the drive size is 8 Gbyte. If it is only a fraction of that, you are not setting the formatting options properly.
Ummm.... read one of my other replies for a more detailed explanation of why this isn't a well-informed opinion. If you run NOOBS, and it succeeds OR fails, it's very likely changed the size of the FAT32 partition on the SD, and so when you stick it into the Windows machine again, it will only show something like 800+MiB available. That's the new size of the FAT32 partition.
I have thoroughly investigated SD Formatter's options, and I can't find any combination that will cause it to be a "fraction" of the drive's size.
You misunderstand what I wrote.
After using the SD formatter with the CORRECT options and ejecting and re-inserting the card, Windows should show the full capacity of the card IRRESPECTIVE of what NOOBS has or has not done to it previously. The word "immediately" was implied as the first word in my previous post, but I think that is obvious.
Yes indeed, if NOOBS has reduced the size of the FAT32 partition and you haven't used the SD Formatter with the proper options then it only formats that smaller partition and Windows will report that small size, not the full nominal size of the card.
So regards SD formatter you won't 'find any combination that will CAUSE it to be a "fraction" of the drive's size'. You will find option combination(s) that LEAVE it as a fraction of the card's size if the card was in such a state before SD formatter acted on it.
Oh, sorry Dr. Geoff, but no, I did not "misunderstand" what you wrote. SD Formatter cannot be made to LEAVE the card in a state where it is just a fraction of the potential capacity. I say you can't make it do that, no matter which options you choose. The only thing that will do what you have said is to just not allow SD Formatter to actually run the format.
You can't end up with a "fraction" of the card's capacity, no matter which options you choose, nor what NOOBS might have done to the size of the FAT32 partition. SD Formatter will give you either the full capacity card, or the full capacity card, minus a "cylinder" roundoff amount (usually a few dozen KB at most in my experience).
Prove me wrong. Go ahead, format a card to full capacity, put NOOBS on it, run NOOBS, then put the card back into Windows. The capacity should be "a fraction" of the 8BG. Then, run SD Formatter with the claimed set of options which cause the SD Formatter to leave the card with a "fraction" of the 8GB -- presumably because SD Formatter only reformatted the FAT32 partition -- and please pray tell what those options are which produce this horrific effect,
so we can very clearly tell the first time users to avoid those options.
I'm betting you can't find any such combination of options, because there ain't no such combo.
You are just spreading misinformation and computer "voodoo". Post a reply when you have developed a scenario which supports your statement, and which we can attempt to reproduce. Maybe V3.0 did something funky. The "latest version" V4.0 is not capable of producing the results you claim under normal operation.