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format CF - how often?

 
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May 17, 2010 18:11 |  #31

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Shoot, transfer, back up, format


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May 17, 2010 18:57 |  #32

When the pictures are stored on my computer, it's getting a in-camera format!




  
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May 17, 2010 19:27 |  #33

joayne wrote in post #10198408 (external link)
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Shoot, transfer, back up, format

Agreed, many people are missing the backup step. I don't like to format until the files are on two separate storage devices.


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May 17, 2010 19:37 |  #34

hpulley wrote in post #10198858 (external link)
Agreed, many people are missing the backup step. I don't like to format until the files are on two separate storage devices.

+1, and another +1 for backup;)


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May 17, 2010 20:05 as a reply to  @ johnnygals's post |  #35

Format is the first shortcut on my FAVORITES menu LOL


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May 17, 2010 21:21 |  #36

I never make a point of formatting my cards so....almost never... 2 years and about 20k images, so far. I copy to PC, delete from card, put back in camera.

My last P&S went through over 12k images and I do not ever recall formatting any of the 2 cards I used in that (Sony Memory Sticks).

I'm not saying it is a good/bad thing... I just don't make a practice of doing it. I don't format my hard drives either ;-)a


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May 17, 2010 21:28 |  #37

bohdank wrote in post #10199497 (external link)
I never make a point of formatting my cards so....almost never... 2 years and about 20k images, so far. I copy to PC, delete from card, put back in camera.

My last P&S went through over 12k images and I do not ever recall formatting any of the 2 cards I used in that (Sony Memory Sticks).

I'm not saying it is a good/bad thing... I just don't make a practice of doing it. I don't format my hard drives either ;-)a

That's where I'm at.



  
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May 17, 2010 21:34 |  #38

mrgooch wrote in post #10199538 (external link)
That's where I'm at.

The reason for formatting is to create a fresh, uncorrupted file system each time you go on a shoot. About five years ago I never formatted my card and it cost me. I went out and shot over 200 images and all but a handful were corrupted. Though the chances of this happening are slim it does happen and formatting is really simple and quick and cheap insurance.


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May 17, 2010 22:23 |  #39

RDKirk wrote in post #10185836 (external link)
Actually, this thread has been unusual so far. Usually by this time the argument from those who delete and never format would have ensued.

Thanks to this thread, I understand why to format my cards. Never have in the past, simply deleted them. The first thing I did after reading the posts was format all my cards. A simple thread, but it seems to be a good one for me.


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May 17, 2010 23:00 |  #40

I 'move' my images to my 'incoming' folder rather than 'copy' them... That way the images are erased from the card as they're transferred over.

I format my cards every now and then... Mostly as an excuse to play with the camera :)




  
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May 17, 2010 23:20 |  #41

I read on the 'internet' 'once' that formatting in the camera has faster write speeds (slightly) than cards formatted in the computer. however, i rarely format the cards I use.




  
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May 17, 2010 23:22 |  #42

Bobby Canon wrote in post #10197832 (external link)
Images downloaded to PC. Images backed up. Card put in camera. Card formatted in camera, every time without fail.

I concur!


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May 18, 2010 01:55 |  #43

My process after shooting an event

Transfer to internal work disk on PC via card reader
Quickly sort out rejects and keepers, process the pictures that should go to my web site, publish
Backup to external hard drive
Backup to second external hard drive
Format cards in camera


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May 18, 2010 07:20 |  #44

Shoot, dump, backup, format in camera. It is my understanding formatting in camera is considered best practice.


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May 18, 2010 08:48 |  #45

Same as other people have answered - by formatting in the camera I delete my images.

I don't bother with any type of low level format, secure erase etc. from the computer.


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