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Old Oct 19, 2005, 10:52 AM   #1
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When it comes to deleting the pictures on your storage card which do you do? Sandisc says it is better to format your card than erase it.
I don't understand what the difference between "Formating" and "Eracing" is.

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Old Oct 19, 2005, 12:09 PM   #2
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Hi, Jim

UsingEREASE, you cannot delete protected pictures and videos (you must remove protection before erese).

By the other side, using FORMAT, you delete ALL data from the memory card.

Additionally, if you use EREASE, it would be easily to recover the pictures (in case you need) than using FORMAT.

Maybe there are other differences...

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Old Oct 19, 2005, 2:55 PM   #3
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Delete marks the space where the photo was as unused, even tho the file may still be there. Format turns the whole disk/card blank, like it was shipped: aka, nothing on it.

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Old Oct 19, 2005, 6:02 PM   #4
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Thanks folks. I appreciate your input.
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Old Oct 19, 2005, 9:57 PM   #5
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I download and then format. Just make sure you have backed up you computer before formatting the card. I burn all of them to CD before removing the card from my card reader inserting it in the camera and formatting the card.



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Old Oct 19, 2005, 10:13 PM   #6
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Just a precision: even formating the card, most cameras (all I know) , just really erase the file allocation table (FAT) , thus , making the card "appears" to be empty.

It'sexactly like what format command of system software (windows, etc...) does to your hardisk, the data bits still intact all over the medium. That's why there still a chance to get back your files/fotos if you did it (format) accidentally . Thoses rescues/recovery software scans all the clusters on the medium to bring back pictures (or pieces of pictures) . If all your data files / pictures are not fragmented, you (or anyone else) have 100% chance to get back all the pics.

If you are concerned about security (or intimacy) of your data/pics, you should do a "destroy" action, or some kind of overwriting your card. Thereare softwares which do this, or simply copying "insensitive" files to your card until it fills up.
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Old Oct 19, 2005, 11:31 PM   #7
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bought a compact flash card on ebay recently.

It was blank, but a quick run of a rescue package brought back a load of interesting pics!
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Old Oct 20, 2005, 6:12 PM   #8
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kensplace wrote:
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load of interesting pics!
It should be a used card, or a crad with ... subliminal messages :G
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