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I got a device (AKAI MPC 2000xl) that allows me to use 2GB SD cards only.

How can I format a 4 GB card to make device think that it is 2 GB?


  • It is absolutely okay if I lose 2 GB of space.
  • I can use Windows as well as Linux - so any operating systems solutions are appreciated
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You could partition the device into two partitions of 2 GB each. But I don't know how the device will cope with that (some devices will only see the first partition; others might reject the card). – Renan Aug 18 '12 at 6:08
@Renan, actualy thinking about this way :) – ns-keip Aug 18 '12 at 6:12
It may even be a hardware-level restriction. A 2GB SD card is around $4... it might be easier to just buy a new one in this case. – nhinkle Aug 18 '12 at 6:12
up vote 2 down vote accepted

The problem is not a matter of size. A 4GB Secure Digital card speaks SDHC, which is different enough from the original SD protocol that SDHC cards cannot be used with a device that only supports SD.

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didn't even know about it! thanks! – ns-keip Aug 26 '12 at 12:01

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