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Yes, it's going to reduce the number of shots it will hold, but probably not by much. I don't know what the block size was before he reformatted, but I would guess 8K. If that was the case, each photo would have wasted on average half of that, or 4K. Now the slack is about 16K per photo, so you will get fewer shots, but probably not many less.
I just did a quick calculation. If block size was 8K and it's now 32K, each file will require on average 12K more space. With a 10D shooting raw + small jpg, I get about 160 shots on a 1GB card, or about 640 on a 4GB card. That would work out to about 7680K more space required for 640 images. That's less than 2 shots!
Makes changing the block size a no-brainer.
Edited by cvdunton on Jan 31, 2004 at 06:09 PM GMT