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11 – SD Card Management
Overview of partitions
As described in “Partitions and songs” (page 45), SD cards formatted by this
unit are divided into partitions. MTR partitions are for recording data while the
FAT partition can be accessed with a personal computer. High-capacity cards
can have multiple MTR partitions. In this case, you can use the MTR partitions
for different songs, for example, or copy songs to a different MTR partitions to
save their information. The FAT partition is FAT32 format and can be accessed
by a computer connected to this unit by USB. This FAT partition is used to save
songs and export stereo masters to computers, as well as to allow this unit
to import audio files into songs, for example. For this reason, two steps are
necessary to copy from a MTR partition and a computer. You can also format
an entire card or individual partition as well as change the divisions between
partitions (repartition) as necessary.
Formatting and repartition operations cannot be undone!
The FAT (File Allocation Table) format is a disk format that can be read by a
SD cards that meet SD/SDHC standards and are at least 512 MB can be
used with this unit. A list of SD cards that have been confirmed for use with
this unit can be found on the TASCAM website (http://tascam.com/).
See “Selecting the active partition” on page 45 for how to change the
Formatting SD cards
This operation formats the entire card and allows you set MTR partition sizes
for high-capacity cards.
This operation erases all the data on the card and cannot be undone!
Confirm that you will not lose important data before formatting a card.
1. When the recorder is stopped, press the MENU button to open the
2. Use the DATA wheel to select (highlight) the
item, and press the
F4 [t] button to open the
3. Use the DATA wheel to select the
item, and press the F4 [t]
button to open the
MTR partition size
FAT partition size
Size of entir
e SD card
The following table shows the FAT and MTR partition sizes for different
SD card capacities. The FAT partition size is set automatically according
to card capacity. The size of the MTR partition on cards 4 GB or smaller is
also fixed, but cards that are 8 GB or larger have multiple MTR partitions
and their sizes can be chosen. However, the last MTR partition is set to
fill the remaining space on the card automatically, so its size cannot be