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Erase all or Format? - shuttertalk - Sep 5, 2004

Hey I'm just wondering whether there's any difference to erasing all images on a memory card, or formatting it?

I know on PCs erasing just means that you flag a file as deleted - the bytes of data are still there. As time goes on, the data gets fragmented and data access times get slower... Wonder whether it's the same with memory cards? Or is it a different ball game?

Perhaps a format once in while wouldn't hurt?

Erase all or Format? - Toad - Sep 5, 2004

When I erase something - I want it gone forever - no ghosts - no lingering bits. I use format - it only takes a second with a memeory card.

Erase all or Format? - jericho - Sep 5, 2004

I delete images from the card (with the computer) after I have transferred them over, and then when I reinsert the card I format it.

Overkill perhaps but I am assured of a clean card each time.

Erase all or Format? - Lak - Sep 5, 2004

I use the format function, purely because it takes up very little time compared to using my slow computer. Tongue

Erase all or Format? - Petographer - Sep 5, 2004

Most times I just delete images with the download utility that I use. Some times I format the card as it removes images much faster. I also read that formatting to fat32 was better.

Erase all or Format? - StudioJ - Sep 5, 2004

I always format my cards, its too slow just erasing them all and I can't see any point.

Erase all or Format? - matthew saville - Sep 6, 2004

Having a 4G hitachi has spoiled me. I haven't formatted in five months! Oh, that's probably bad for it, I guess...


Erase all or Format? - StudioJ - Sep 6, 2004

I think having a Nikon has spoiled you, now you can't use a proper camera like a Canon Big Grin

Hmm so since Hitachi has all the drives of IBM now I assume the old microdrives they came out with are now the Hitachi ones?

Erase all or Format? - adam - Sep 6, 2004

What is the difference between formatting and erasing all images?
I find formatting a lot faster, why the speed difference if it ends up in the same state (without images).

Possibilities? that erase all goes through each picture deleteing whereas format just wipes everything off? I don't know, why why why Smile

Maybe it's time to go home!

Erase all or Format? - matthew saville - Sep 6, 2004

Most importantly, Formatting competely deletes everything, (duh) but as you may already know but not need a refresher, "delete all" does not delete the images that you've "locked", which can come in handy now and then. That's the most important difference, to me...

Actually, having a nikon has spoiled me, I guess. I went to the company demos at Brooks the other day, and while most notably i did get to play with an F5 and a VR lens, for the life of me I couldn't figure out why they design canon bodies they way they do. (giggles)


Erase all or Format? - shuttertalk - Sep 6, 2004

Also, if you accidentally delete all images, you stand a better chance of recovery (so the theory goes) via specialised software, etc., as opposed to formatting.

Erase all or Format? - dewy - Sep 6, 2004

I ususally just Erase all (a lot quicker to access in the menus) and I (as matthew saville stated) sometimes write protect (lock) pictueres that I don't want deleted, so it is good =)

Erase all or Format? - peter - Sep 6, 2004

Formatt way way fasterr ..