Formatting Memory Cards

Article ID: ART161516 | Date published: 08/04/2015 | Date last updated: 08/12/2015


Formatting Memory Cards


If the card is new or was previously formatted by another camera or personal computer, format the card with the camera.
When the card is formatted, all images and data in the card will be erased. Even protected images will be erased, so make sure there is nothing you need to keep. If necessary, transfer the images and data to a computer, etc., before formatting the card.

The position and shape of the operation buttons may differ depending on the model you use.

1. Set the camera’s power switch to [ON].

2. Press the [MENU] button to display the menu screen.

3. Press the [ ], [ ] keys to select the [ ] tab.

4. Press the [ ], [ ] keys to select [Format card], then press [ ].

5. Press the [ ], [ ] keys to select [OK], then press [ ].
For low-level formatting, press the [ ] button to append [Low level format] with a [ ], then select [OK].

When the formatting is completed, the menu will reappear.

Low-level Formatting
  • Perform low-level formatting if the card’s recording or reading speed seems slow or if you want to totally erase data on the card.
  • Since low-level formatting will format all recordable sectors on the card, the formatting will take slightly longer than normal formatting.
  • You can stop the low-level formatting by selecting [Cancel]. Even in this case, normal formatting will be completed and you can use the card as usual.
  • When the card is formatted or data is erased, only the file management information is changed. The actual data is not completely erased. Be aware of this when selling or discarding the card. When discarding the card, execute low-level formatting or destroy the card physically to prevent the personal data from being leaked.
  • Before using a new Eye-Fi card, the software on the card must be installed on your computer. Then format the card with the camera.
  • The card capacity displayed on the card format screen may be smaller than the capacity indicated on the card.
  • This device incorporates exFAT technology licensed from Microsoft.

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