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Belz Aug 25, 2004 9:24 PM

So i am new and i am filling my sd card pretty fast, i've downloaded all the pictures from it to my computer. Do i delete all the pictures thru the camera delete function, or do i format it everytime?



slipe Aug 26, 2004 12:17 PM

It is better to format. If you are in a hurry and your camera takes a long time to format there isn't anything wrong with deleting, but you should format when you can.

I learned the lesson responding to a Minolta CF card speed test site. Everyone with the same card I was using had faster cycle times. I reread the instructions to format the card before running the test and my times came down in line with the others.

Belz Aug 26, 2004 1:56 PM

thanks, slipe

BTW i have a panasonic FZ10, so i guess formating is the way to go

luisr Aug 26, 2004 2:31 PM

I have SD and normally delete the pictures in the card reader. No problems so far. Only two cards with problems at about the same time - something for which I blame the camera because the cards are different in size, different age and have very different usage patterns. When that happened I DID format in the camera to make sure they didn't get the wrong format.

judell74 Aug 28, 2004 3:50 AM

Yes! Formatting is better than deleting! :D

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