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Once you've backed up the images on your computer and you are ready to delete them off your memory card, you have a couple of basic choices for doing this and both of these will be in the menu system of your camera. And the two basic choices are Erase All and Format. Now they are very similar in nature, but there is one distinction between the two. If you've protected images on your memory card, in other words if you've gone through and said I want to hang on to this image, and this image, and this image, I want to leave them on the card.
There is a function for that in the menu system -- it's a little key actually -- and you press the button, and that image is protected in all cases except if you choose the Format function on your camera when you're deleting images. Format takes everything off the card. It removes all data and you end up with a fresh clean memory card. Erase All, which is your other option, takes everything off the memory card except for the images that you've protected.
So if you do protect images and you want them to stay protected, then choose Erase All. If you don't care and you just want a nice clean card, then you can go with Format. Either way you're in good shape if you're not using image protection. So that's the major difference between the two. Either way, make sure your images are backed up somewhere on your computer before you use either one of these functions.
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