Formatting a FAT Partition (Windows Embedded CE 6.0)

1/6/2010

After you choose which file system to use, file allocation table (FAT), exFAT, or TexFAT, for a volume, you can implement the FAT file system. For more information about the file systems, see FAT File System, Extended FAT File System, and Transaction-Safe Extended FAT File System.

This procedure assumes you have an OS design that includes Storage Manager and a FAT file system.

  1. In the Windows Embedded CE Control Panel, select Storage Manager.

  2. In the FAT Utility dialog box, select the desired partition to format, or create a partition if one is not available.

  3. On the Properties menu, select Format, and do one of the following:

    • To format a partition for FAT, set the FormatFATVersion registry setting.You can set the FAT version to 12, 16, or 32.
    • To format a partition for TexFAT, set the FormatTfat registry setting to 1.If this value is set to 1, any unformatted volume is automatically formatted as a TexFAT volume.A FAT volume must have two file allocation volumes to be converted to TexFAT. Operations in directories that have already been created using FAT may not be transaction-safe.
    • To format a partition for exFAT, set the FormatExfat registry setting to 1.- or - Call FormatPartition.
      If this value is set to 1, any unformatted volume is automatically formatted as an exFAT volume.

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