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    Do I really have 32 Kb cluster size?

    I've successfully formatted my HDD, following the formatting tutorial carefully. Everything is good except for one thing.
    My cluster size isn't 32 Kb.
    I did the cluster size test by creating a text file and typing hello into it. The size of the file is 5 bytes, but 64 Kb on disc. Needs to be 32 Kb for it to be a 32 kb cluster size.
    I'm doing this for gamecube backups on my HDD. Any way to use Easus to adjust the cluster size?

    I used laffy's advice from a post. In Easus, choosing to format, and choosing a 32 KB cluster size, then formatted. I still get the 64 Kb file size for the text document, on disc. Is it really 32 kb cluster size?



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    Have you tried simply loading a GC game to see if it works? That would be a good place to start.

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    That's a good idea, I'll try that. I'm positive that I clicked the 32 Kb option.
    So the games will NOT load if its more than 32 kb?



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    Nope, if you have anything other than 32kb the games will not load. If they don't post back and I'll let you know what to try next.

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    Awesome, it works perfect! Thanks for the replies SNES_Master, I appreciate it!
    That text document trick doesn't work it seems.



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    This is how I do it, and I think it's more accurate (I've seen the text-file test report 64k, but this report 32k, and things worked fine).

    Run "cmd" as Administrator in Windows to get a command prompt.

    Change the drive letter to your USB drive and run "chkdsk" on that.

    When the output has completed, check the "bytes in each allocation unit" line near the bottom. That's your cluster size.

    Below is a sample output that I did using one of my internal NTFS drives to show you that I can see it has 4k cluster size.

    [spoiler=CHKDSK sample]
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
    Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.


    C:\Windows\system32>g:


    G:\>chkdsk
    The type of the file system is NTFS.


    WARNING! F parameter not specified.
    Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.


    CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
    531200 file records processed.
    File verification completed.
    1852 large file records processed.
    0 bad file records processed.
    0 EA records processed.
    0 reparse records processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
    569406 index entries processed.
    Index verification completed.
    0 unindexed files scanned.
    0 unindexed files recovered.
    CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
    531200 file SDs/SIDs processed.
    Security descriptor verification completed.
    19104 data files processed.
    CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
    35731592 USN bytes processed.
    Usn Journal verification completed.
    Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.


    1444656127 KB total disk space.
    1298053788 KB in 444573 files.
    185152 KB in 19105 indexes.
    0 KB in bad sectors.
    676579 KB in use by the system.
    65536 KB occupied by the log file.
    145740608 KB available on disk.


    4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
    361164031 total allocation units on disk.
    36435152 allocation units available on disk.
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