How to Format a Memory SD Card

Formatting your Mac, PC & DSLR SD Card

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The other day I inserted my SD Memory card into my Canon DSLR. I tried to take a picture but kept getting a message on the screen to please format

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If you have a digital camera or any other type of device that uses an SD Card, you might have come across this problem where you try using your SD card only for that device to say you need to format your SD Card.

 

What does format SD card mean anyway?

I am able to access the information on the SD card when I open it on the computer but when I try and use it on my digital camera it doesn’t work.

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Here are some reasons why you might have to format your memory card:

• Your memory card’s reading and writing speed has slowed down.

• Formatting your card will improve its performance.

• A new card should always be formatted in the device in which it is to be used.

• Your new SD card can’t be read on your camera, so by formatting it, your camera changes the card setting to suit the camera.

• Formatting the card removes all the files even the ones that you think you’ve deleted.

• formatting regularly after you’ve downloaded your files helps prevent card corruption.

• One of the functions the camera executes when it formats a card is to write zeroes to the memory spaces. Any memory space that doesn’t behave exactly right during this process is “marked” in the camera’s memory, and the camera won’t use that space to save a file. If you don’t format the card in the camera, a bad memory spot may result in a corrupt file when formatting the camera could have avoided that.

Difference Between Low Level Formatting and Regular Formatting on Canon

You might be used to doing bulk erasing with a variety of SD cards brands for your DSLR Camera, but have you always wondered what the difference was between “Low Level Format” and plain old “Format”?
You might have also performed a low-level format on your PC, when you wanted to start a-fresh and reinstall everything to how it was when you first bought it.

 

Keep reading. You will find this useful…

 

Let’s have a look at what benefits or downsides are if any for choosing one over the other, and what setup steps might be required after the Low Level Format has been done.

 

So you may be asking now, “What do I have to do differently after low-level Formatting that I am not doing after a simple Format of my SD Card?

 

Low-level formatting: low level formatting should be done if you suspect the recording speed has slowed down. There are is no mention of any extra steps needed. This whole process for low level formatting should take around 2-3 minutes.

 

*Some suggest to format your SD card regularly using your DSLR Camera and to avoid formatting on your computer – this is just a preference for some.

 

*Fundamentally a regular format just deletes all file allotment table and the pictures or videos on your SD card can be recovered using a recovery tool.*

 

*Some people suggest using the low-level format regularly because it is faster and by chance your data is lost or can’t use it afterwards, you have the option to simply recover your data with a simple photo recovery program.*

 

Finally Low Level formatting covers the entire space of your SD memory card with 0’s so if it is lost or you decide to sell your memory card and camera as a bundle, the buyer won’t be able to use any “photo-recovery” to bring back any of your saucy pics or vids you might have taken.

 

Low level formatting is also handy to make memory cards work in a camera where they fit the specifications, but are not recognized by the hardware. Sometimes with Canon cameras, a new card inserted with display No Memory Card. Low level formatting the card in the camera will straighten out the problem, if indeed it fits the specifications for the camera.

 

Format your SD Card with your Canon Camera

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1. Slide the lock on your memory card to the unlocked position. Some cards, such as Compact Flash cards, have a mechanical lock that prevents accidental erasing or writing to the card.

2. Insert the card into your Canon camera and turn on the camera.

3. Press the “Menu” button on the camera.

4. Select the “Card Operations” or “Maintenance” option from the menu — on some Canon cameras, this option might be represented by a tab containing a wrench. Select tabs or options by using the navigational wheel on the camera and pressing the “Select” button.

5. Select “Format” and check “Low-Level Formatting,” if that is the option you desire.

6. Select “OK” or “Execute” and confirm that you wish you format the card. Formatting will then commence and you’ll get a message when it is complete.

Format your SD Card in Microsoft Windows

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  1. On your desktop, click computer icon
  2. Once opened, click Devices with Removable Storage
  3. A page will appear with options. Click Format section
  4. A new formatting page will appear. Select Quick Format and click Start then close window.

Format your SD Card on an Apple Mac Computer

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  1. Using an external card reader, connect the SD card
  2. Copy and save all the important files on your computer
  3. Using the magnifying glass on your screen, type Disk Utility in the search box.
  4. Click Disk Utility
  5. Click No Name or Untitled (these are names given to the SD card and only one appears)
  6. Click Erase icon
  7. Click Format
  8. A confirmation message appears. Click Erase
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