Posted 30 April 2014 - 11:41 AM
I think the primary advantage of that format program is if you ever change the formatting of an SD card to something else, e.g. NTFS or FAT-32, and want to get back to FATex. Plus it might do some dead sector checking during the operation to rule out any already decaying zones.
I have a microSD I use in my Surface Pro (it pretty much lives in that slot full time) that I reformatted to NTFS so I could put a virtual disk file on it and automount at startup thru Task Scheduler. It was a workaround to keep my music library on it vs. on the 128GB (really ~70GB usable after OS and recovery partitions) SSD on the Surface, yet still have it cataloged by W8. If I ever move that card back out of the Surface and want to use in a camera I'll probably run the deep format on it.
Edited by rtrski, 30 April 2014 - 11:43 AM.
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