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Tips - Akai MPC3000/60/2000 (plain)

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


The MPC3000/60 (not the plain 2000) has the basic MPC "partition" system, which means that you can create up to 26 partitions (A-Z) of maximum 30mb apiece. With SCSI2SD being so large in nature, and the partition size being restricted by the MPC itself (making sure access times are not excessively long), you might as well go for the maximum. That means the maximum size per ID is 780mb large. sets the ID's up as 1GB apiece. Of course that wastes 220mb, but again SD card storage is so large that it really makes little difference and rounding it to the nearest GB makes it flexible in case you want to use it for something different. Besides, there's nothing wrong with having a bit of buffer space between ID's on the SD card.

The MPC2000 is slightly different. It uses a 16-bit FAT and the partitions can be variable size, not fixed to a maximum of 30mb. So if you (say) have a 2GB ID, and you choose all 26 partitions, the sizes will be 2048 / 26 = approx. 78mb each.

Please remember that the MPC2000XL OS 1.20 is different, please reference that page. MPC2000XL OS 1.1x is the same as the MPC2000.

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 FAT12 format that a Mac or Windows may recognize it and "mount" it. THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED for a host of reasons; the Mac/Win OS may not write to the 12-bit FAT properly, the MPC uses a 16-char long file name system that the computer does not recognize, and that's just the beginning. For that reason, SamplerZone.,com sets these SD card up with a beginning 20480 sector buffer so the MPC-specific ID's are completely walled off from the computer itself, and it is highly recommended to use Translator read and write to it.

Many MPC3000/60's use the Valixi 3rd-party operating system. Do not use the multi-sector option, and do not use the hybrid disk option in formatting.

Also keep in mind that the MPC3000/60 hasn't been fully 100% tested, but for all intents and purposes SCSI2SD is compatible with the MPC3000/60. The MPC2000 has been fully tested and works perfectly.

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