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Should You Format a Memory Card?

When I talked to many photographers, I noticed many do not know about the benefits of formatting a memory card. 

There are two ways of erasing pictures in digital cameras: deleting photos or Formatting the memory card. Delete or Format? That is the topic of this post.

Format a Memory Card

Delet or Format

Find Format

Commonly, the Format option resides inside the Setup Menu.

Format a Memory Card vs. deleting Photos. 

We all have heard the horror story of “Corrupt Memory Cards,” which usually happens at the worst time! Formatting memory cards prevents this mishap.

What is “Format”?

Generally, simply deleting images on your memory cards doesn’t fully clear the cards of leftover data. Over time, this leftover data piles up and creates a cluster inside cards, resulting in the crashing of the memory card.     

Formatting your memory cards can prevent this failure.

Format a Memory Card

Formatting a memory card

Why Formatting?

By Formatting your memory card, you keep them fresh and fast.

Formatting is a way to clear old files from your card and reduce the risk of data corruption.

A word of caution, though. Formatting is typically irreversible, so always back up all photos before formatting cards.

Without getting into the technical details, you should always format your memory card on your camera, not your computer.

You can usually find the “FORMAT” button in the camera’s “Set Up” menu. 

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