Snow Leopard + FAT32 Format + Windows Mobile = Problem

I’ve run into a bug, and am having a bit of trouble pinpointing who’s side it’s on.

Here’s the long and the short of it. Take an SD card, format it on your (Snow Leopard) Mac for MS-DOS (FAT32). Now, insert it into a Windows Mobile device.

As I’ve found, Windows Mobile won’t read the card. I’m trying to figure out if it’s a Mac OS X bug or a Windows Mobile bug. Discuss.

3 Responses

  1. maybe.........
    maybe......... December 22, 2009 at 8:53 am |

    I could see it being a mac bug, if its not formatting it correctly. Does it work in any other device or PC? If it shows up in a windows xp/vista/7 machine than it would be a bug with windows mobile. Or not a bug but just microsofts way of saying screw you to anyone who doesn’t have a windows computer.

  2. Christopher Price
    Christopher Price December 22, 2009 at 9:03 am |

    All the SD/microSD cards I have formatted in Snow Leopard as FAT32 work fine on a normal Windows PC. They mount and function without problem.

    Something appears to have changed between Leopard and Snow Leopard in diskutil’s formatting of FAT32… and it’s something only Windows Mobile appears to not like. That makes it hard to pin down who-did-what since we have two closed source variables… between two companies that don’t particularly get along.

  3. OutSpoken
    OutSpoken February 3, 2010 at 3:59 am |

    Hey, doing research I just came across this site.

    I think there maybe a problem with snow too.

    I’ve been trying to format a mini sd card to Fat 32 for an R4i card for the dsi. I would erase in disk utility and format to fat32, load firmware to card and boot up to error/menu ? screen (DS owners know what I’m talking about) anyway, I just tried the same method on a windows PC inserted sd card and it told me the card wasnt formatted! huh!

    So i went ahead and formatted again to Fat32 on the PC loaded firmware, inserted into DSi and BLAM! it worked!! 🙂


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