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Quick Camera Tip: DELETE OR FORMAT

Should You Delete Photos or Format a Memory Card?


There are two ways of getting rid of unwanted photos; deleting photos or Formatting the memory card. Delete or Format? That is the topic of this post. 

We all have heard the horror story of “Corrupt Memory Cards,” which usually happens in the worst time! 

Delete or Format?

Delet or Format
Commonly, the Format option resides inside the Setup Menu.

What is “Format”?

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


Formatting your memory cards can prevent this failure.


Formatting is a whole way of clearing old files from your card and can reduce the risk of data corruption.

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


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

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

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