Formatting 4gb MicroDrive/CF card as a 2gb drive
Posted on 2006-05-02
This is probably a no-go, but thought I would try:
I have a 4gb MicroDrive CF card that I would like to use with my Nikon D1X. Problem is, much to my chagrin, the D1X does not work with anything above 2gb, even with the firmware upgrade (which I was told it would do, but never mind that).
Got the thing at a very good price, so will still be a good deal at 2gb, which I think the D1X will read using FAT16.
So, the question is: How can I format the card to 2gb? I've formatted it with FAT16, but of course it is still a 4gb drive. The camera now kinda sees it (an improvement over its original FAT32 formatting), but it thinks it has 0 storage space left. Even after formatting the card in the camera, it still behaves the same -- which I pretty much expected. It seems to me that since the MicroDrive is really just a little teeny-tiny hard disk, maybe you can format it just like a regular hard disk. But whatever I used to know about DOS commands I've forgotten.
Is there a set of FORMAT command parameters that will allow me to use the MicroDrive as a FAT16 2gb device?