Formatting (initializing) memory cards using the PowerShot SD970 IS.

Article ID: ART128073 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 08/17/2015


We recommend that you use your camera to format a new memory card, or a memory card that has been used with other devices, before using it.

If the [Memory card error] message appears, or if the camera does not work correctly, formatting the memory card may solve the problem.

  • Screens or menu listings may differ depending on the camera model being used.
  • As the actual locations of buttons / switches on cameras vary depending on the camera model, the illustrations that appear on this page may differ from your camera.
  • Formatting (initializing) a memory card erases all data on the memory card. Copy the data from the memory card to a computer or other devices before formatting.
  • Formatting or erasing data on a memory card merely changes the file management information on the card and does not ensure its contents are completely deleted. Be careful when transferring or disposing of a memory card. When disposing of a memory card, take precautions such as physically destroying the card to prevent personal information leaks.


  • The total capacity of the memory card displayed in the formatting screen may be less than indicated on the memory card.

1. Press the <Power> button on the camera.

2. Press the <MENU> () button.

3. The following screen appears on the LCD monitor.

Operate the <directional buttons> left or right to select the [Set up] () tab.

Operate the <directional buttons> up or down to select [Format].

After making a selection, press the <FUNC./SET> () button.

4. The following screen appears.

Operate the <directional buttons> left or right to select [OK].

After making a selection, press the <FUNC./SET> () button.

  • We recommend that you perform low level formatting when you think that the recording/reading speed of a memory card has dropped, and when you want to erase data completely.
  • When performing low level formatting, select [Low Level Format], and then operate the <directional buttons> left or right to display the () mark.
  • Low level formatting may take longer than standard formatting, since all recorded data are erased.
  • You can stop a low level format of a memory card by selecting [Stop]. You can still use a memory card without problem when formatting is halted, but its data will be erased.

5. The following screen appears, and then the memory card is formatted (initialized).

6. When formatting is completed, the following screen appears on the LCD monitor.



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