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What is FAT16/FAT32?

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Can anyone help? I googled the above and could not make sense of it, what is the above and also can i convert avi files to FAT16/FAT32? Also which one is better? Thanks in advance.
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Can anyone help? I googled the above and could not make sense of it, what is the above and also can i convert avi files to FAT16/FAT32?

Also which one is better?

Thanks in advance.
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
They are computer file systems for disk drives,
i imagine you have come up against the limit of 4gb for files so the answer is yes you can record avi files to these systems as long as the avi file is less than 4gb in size, any bigger and you will have to reformat the drive to ntfs
#2
fat32 will split it up into 4gb files :oops: but its probably not over 4gb anyway so would make no difference
#3
they are different formats for your harddrives and pendrives

so you don't need to convert your avi files to FAT32 or 16, but you would need to format your harddrive to one of these formats.

If you do this, you will loose the data on the harddrive, so think before you do it

Is this for a media player / dvd player or something?
#4
maddogb
They are computer file systems for disk drives,
i imagine you have come up against the limit of 4gb for files so the answer is yes you can record avi files to these systems as long as the avi file is less than 4gb in size, any bigger and you will have to reformat the drive to ntfs


Dont mean to sound stupid here, i have a 2gb mem stick with some kids stuff on it, can i not convert these files to FAT16/32
#5
It's for hard drive formatting (i.e. how the computers hard drive is organised).

You can't convert individual files between various formats.

If you're using Windows XP then you either have your drive formatted as FAT32 or NTFS.

Out of those two, NTFS is better as it is more efficient and allows individual file sizes larger than 4GB.
#6
maddogb
They are computer file systems for disk drives,
i imagine you have come up against the limit of 4gb for files so the answer is yes you can record avi files to these systems as long as the avi file is less than 4gb in size, any bigger and you will have to reformat the drive to ntfs


You don't have to reformat to convert a drive. Just type convert /fs:ntfs X: (where X: is the letter of the drive, natch), and Windows will convert the file system in just a few minutes.
#7
wobinb
they are different formats for your harddrives and pendrives

so you don't need to convert your avi files to FAT32 or 16, but you would need to format your harddrive to one of these formats.

If you do this, you will loose the data on the harddrive, so think before you do it

Is this for a media player / dvd player or something?


Yes for a dvd player, so could i convert mem stick to FAT16/32?
#8
FAT16/FAT32/NTFS etc.. are how the disk is formatted.
It has nothing to do with individual files (at least not on the level you're talking about)
#9
Probably but chances are its already formatted to FAT32.
#10
You sure your drive isnt formatted fat anyway??
They usually are.
#11
unknownuser
It's for hard drive formatting (i.e. how the computers hard drive is organised).

You can't convert individual files between various formats.

If you're using Windows XP then you either have your drive formatted as FAT32 or NTFS.

Out of those two, NTFS is better as it is more efficient and allows individual file sizes larger than 4GB.


NFTS are non compatible, also i use vista (i know, i know)
#12
1. Copy everything from your pendrive on to your computer
2. right-click on "My computer" select "manage"
3. click "Disk management"
4. right-click on your pendrive, select "format"
5. choose FAT32 and follow the instructions

MAKE SURE YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT DISC
#13
deathtrap3000
You sure your drive isnt formatted fat anyway??
They usually are.


No i want to play the files on player but the only way is FAT
#14
You're probably using NTFS in vista.

The memory stick by default should be FAT32.

Edit: Have you actually tried it in the player as your DVD player should be able to play FAT32 media.
#15
wobinb
1. Copy everything from your pendrive on to your computer
2. right-click on "My computer" select "manage"
3. click "Disk management"
4. right-click on your pendrive, select "format"
5. choose FAT32 and follow the instructions

MAKE SURE YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT DISC


The files are season one of spiderman which is 1.23gb, will this be ok to do?
#16
6. Copy the stuff back onto your pendrive
#17
wobinb
6. Copy the stuff back onto your pendrive


Will the mem stick be permanently FAT?
#18
doesn't make any difference what the files are, so yes its ok
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gap30
Will the mem stick be permanently FAT?


It will be FAT32, you can reformat in the future back to NTFS if you need to. But i can't think of a reason why you'd want to. The main restriction with FAT32 is that you can't have files bigger than 4gb - not a problem on a 2gig pendrive
#20
wobinb
It will be FAT32, you can reformat in the future back to NTFS if you need to. But i can't think of a reason why you'd want to. The main restriction with FAT32 is that you can't have files bigger than 4gb - not a problem on a 2gig pendrive


Thanks for your help, just repped you :thumbsup:
#21
Ok probably the questions we really should be asking is:

What format is the file you want to play?
Does your DVD player support that format?

By format I mean: MPEG, AVI, DIVX, XVID, MKV etc..
#22
unknownuser
Ok probably the questions we really should be asking is:

What format is the file you want to play?
Does your DVD player support that format?

By format I mean: MPEG, AVI, DIVX, XVID, MKV etc..


The files are avi.
#23
let us know if it works, if the player complains it can't understand the format of the FILE, then that is another issue altogether
#24
wobinb
let us know if it works, if the player complains it can't understand the format of the FILE, then that is another issue altogether


Will do, fingers crossed and all that
#25
well good luck, I'll be watching the final episodes of 24, will check back after! Goodnight
#26
avi is just a container format, the actual encoding used by the file could be anything (most likely DIVX or XVID)

In order to play it your DVD player needs to be able to decode the file, so if it doesnt support divx or whatever format then you're out of luck unless you convert it on your PC.
#27
wobinb
well good luck, I'll be watching the final episodes of 24, will check back after! Goodnight


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Does any of this help?
#28
wobinb
let us know if it works, if the player complains it can't understand the format of the FILE, then that is another issue altogether


The player recognises the files but wont let me play them?

I converted the mem stick from FAT to FAT32 like you said
#29
no afraid not
#30
can you find a link to the instruction manual
#31
wobinb
can you find a link to the instruction manual


Do i need to convert the files to data as in divx etc?
#32
depends on the player
#33
wobinb
depends on the player


Will have to do some research methinks
#34
If you could post the model of the player that would be a good start, the problem with avi files is that they are basically just a cardboard box - just because you can see it's a brown box doesn't mean you know what's inside. Avi files are played back using codecs and there's a large number of different codecs that could have been used to make the avi you're trying to play, standalone players often have fairly limited support for playing back avi files as they will only be able to work with certain codecs.

John
#35
Try,,,
http://www.computerhope.com/
for any future question you may have,,,
#36
Thought it was dress sizes :w00t: :?

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