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Old Feb 20, 2006, 5:46 PM   #1
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Im not really sure what happened but after a 20 hour bus ride in Argentina I took my Canon IxusII out of its case to find it turned on and something on the screen about the card being formated so I turned the camera off and then on again and hey presto "NO PICTURES" Now the key thing here is I don't even know what formating is, or if the pictures are gone for good. HELP!!!

P.S. have since been told about auto power down.
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Old Feb 21, 2006, 10:42 AM   #2
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Try searching for Flash recovery software. There are programs out there that can help you recover your pictures.

Formatting doesn't delete the data (pictures) on the card, it just deletes your file table.
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Old Feb 23, 2006, 4:16 PM   #3
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What is the general view about whether you should always format a card after having downloaded images to the computer, rather than merely carrying out a 'Delete All' operation?

Panasonic's manual for my FZ30 says "Usually, it is not necessary to format the card. Format it when the message MEMORY CARD ERROR appears".

Is Panasonic right, or the users who claim you need to always format the card when the images have been transferred? Or is it a case of personal preference?
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Old Feb 23, 2006, 7:03 PM   #4
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What is the general view about whether you should always format a card after having downloaded images to the computer, rather than merely carrying out a 'Delete All' operation?
Personally, I always format my memory cards prior to every use via a camera's menus for formatting, and always have, with every digital camera I've owned. No exceptions.

That insures that I always start out with a fresh file allocation table, just the way a camera expects it (since I'm using the camera to perform the format), and from my perspective, it's just as fast as deleting the images with most models anyway.

But, you see both ways debated from time to time (format versus deleting images). So, you'll need to decide what's best for yourself.



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Old Feb 25, 2006, 10:09 AM   #5
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You're right about the polarised views on the issue of whether to format every time pictures are transferred to the computer, or not.

I am attracted to the view that a compromise may be the best way forward, and this seems to accord with the Panasonic advice. In other words, to Delete as a matter of usual practice, and to Format occasionally - in camera of course.


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