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Rockbox General => Rockbox General Discussion => Topic started by: ChrisHaigh on February 23, 2012, 11:36:35 AM

Title: How to use SDXC and rockbox. (In my case anyway.)
Post by: ChrisHaigh on February 23, 2012, 11:36:35 AM
Hello everyone.

I  had some trouble getting my fuze to even recognise my new 64gb micro sdXC card.
There is a llot of information going around the internet based on this sort of problem, I will try to explain what I found to be the truth through trial and error. This may be sen as a simple process however I struggled with it and wanted to help anyone else who may.


Due to a ~4gb file size limit (synics will say it's due to marketing scheems) the industry has decided that any SD card over 32gb will now use the exFat format. Most devices can't understand this and then cannot format them to make them work properly(Big discussions on both the Cowan and Pandora forums about this issue.). As wodz says, you need to format the card to Fat32 to sort it out. Unfortunatly microsoft restricts the formats avable to an SDXC card to NTFS and exFat, neither of which worked on my rockbox. The only way I could get the card formatted to Fat32 was to download GUIformatter (http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index.htm?guiformat.htm). Some people say fat32formatter (http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/Fat32Formatter/) also works, however I had no luck with it. GUIFormatter is extremely straight forward software, great for lazy people like me. It did have some quibbles about drive "A", something about a floppy drive being open, but I just pressed the "continue" button everytime it moaned and we had no problems with each other. selecting your drive is simple enough with the dropping menue at the top left, then just press start. I was a little confused as to where you selected format, but I later figured out that it is automaticly set to Fat32. I didn't use quick format, operating under the somewhat ignorant belife that something done slower is more likley to work.

so, step, by step this is what you need to do.

downlod GUIformatter (http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index.htm?guiformat.htm)
find and run guiformat.exe as administrator.
select drive's letter.
UN-tick Quick Format.
press start.
and that should be it.

I would link you straight to downloads, however if the sights change there layouts the links will stop working.

goodluck,
Chris.
Title: Re: Micro SDXC
Post by: wodz on February 23, 2012, 11:56:27 AM
You will need to reformat it to fat32 as rockbox doesn't support exfat
Title: Re: Micro SDXC
Post by: ChrisHaigh on February 23, 2012, 12:22:50 PM
Thanks, I've been trying to do that, but struggeling. and recomendations?
Title: Re: How to use SDXC and rockbox. (In my case anyway.)
Post by: toehser on April 05, 2012, 10:55:03 AM
Well, it is just a Windows issue, for me on Linux, it "just works", so, maybe if you have a friend who runs Linux, or are adventurous enough to try it?
Title: Re: How to use SDXC and rockbox. (In my case anyway.)
Post by: bluebrother on April 05, 2012, 11:37:06 AM
A Windows tool mentioned often (easily to find if you just google for your problem ...) is swissknife. There's also h2format that formats any drive with FAT32.
Title: Re: How to use SDXC and rockbox. (In my case anyway.)
Post by: barutanseijin on April 24, 2012, 10:12:15 PM
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Well, it is just a Windows issue, for me on Linux, it "just works", so, maybe if you have a friend who runs Linux, or are adventurous enough to try it?

One need not be all that adventurous to run linux out of a live cd/dvd or off a usb drive. 

That said, it's good to take care when formatting drives and understand the difference between

 
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mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb

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mkfs.vfat /dev/sda
Title: Re: How to use SDXC and rockbox. (In my case anyway.)
Post by: d4v3 on January 31, 2013, 01:16:31 PM
i just wanted to add that

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mkfs.vfat /dev/sdc
didn't work for me
the 128gb sdxc card was not mounted on my sansa fuzev2

this did the trick:
i used gparted to set the option "lba" in the MBR, which was mentioned in another thread.
then the card appeared in the root-directory.
in german the "lba" tick was at "Markierungen"

gparted is also on live-cds and has a GUI,so this could be an option for windows users too

sry for my english
Title: Re: How to use SDXC and rockbox. (In my case anyway.)
Post by: jagdriver on January 31, 2013, 03:07:06 PM
(After several false tries on a Vista PC.......)

Using the supplied SD adapter, I plugged my 64GB SDXC card into the reader built into the side of my Dell monitor (Windows XP) and tried Microsoft's Diskpart from a CMD line. Nothing. I then downloaded the free Partition Wizard (http://download.cnet.com/MiniTool-Partition-Wizard-Home-Edition/3000-2094_4-10962200.html (http://download.cnet.com/MiniTool-Partition-Wizard-Home-Edition/3000-2094_4-10962200.html)) and tried again; it didn't register the SDXC card partition. Hmmm.......

I then put the card and its adapter into a small SD/USB adapter I always carry and plugged that lot into a free USB port. Running Partition Wizard again, lo' and behold the card was recognized straight away. I then chose to format it as FAT32, clicked the [Apply] button and PRESTO... my PC was engulfed in flames a foot high!

;<) Sorry.... I formatted as FAT32, clicked [Apply] and PRESTO! The card is now formatted as FAT32 and I've successfully copied MP3 files to it.

Now I'm finally able to create the daily DAP of my dreams. OK, maybe not of my ultimate dreams, but it's a L-O-N-G way from my do-all, homemade boombox mashup circa 1970 (think Felix the Cat's magic bag), coupled with an orange crate full of homemade Dolbyized cassettes.
Title: Re: How to use SDXC and rockbox. (In my case anyway.)
Post by: BuddTX on February 20, 2013, 06:57:07 PM
. . . coupled with an orange crate full of homemade Dolbyized cassettes.

Was it Dolby C with HXPro?  Made with a Nakamichi Dragon!  I used to fantasize about owning one of those!