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Tips - Akai MPC2000XL

2019-07-15 (Last Update: Mon, 15 Jul 2019) Garth Hjelte 0 Tips


There is a MPC2000 (plain) and there is a MPC2000XL. A MPC2000XL OS prior to v1.20 uses the exact same file system as the MPC2000 - a FAT16-based file system with the addition of the Akai partitioning methods and the 16-character methods.

However, with OS 1.20, this has changed. Partiitions are no more, but the 16-char methods are. So anything formatted with a MPC2000XL OS 1.20 has variable cluster sizes, no separate partitions, yet retains the non-computer-compatible 16-char methods. sets the ID's up as 2GB or 4GB apiece just for convenience.

Like the MPC's that came before it, many people in the past have used the MPC-formatted media in a computer without any special-app assistance, because the MPC format is so similar to the regular FAT format that a Mac or Windows may recognize it and "mount" it. With OS 1.20 this is generally OK, as it's format is much more compatible with what the Win/Mac write. And it works perfectly as long as your names stay within 8.3 (name is only 8-char max with no spaces and no special characters).

But if not - and usually people do not keep track of these things - if you attempt to save a file that does not adhere to 8.3 (name is only 8-char max with no spaces), it screws up the name, and if a Program references it, it's going to reference an incorrect name and screw it up. So, use Translator, just like the previous MPC OS's, to read and write these ID's.

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