Format the media card Canon 5D Mark III


show more Once you have finished your photography for the day and have copied your pictures to your computer or another device, it is important to format the media card that your camera was using. This will completely erase the media card of its contents and ensure it will be fully usable for next time. While the Canon 5D Mark III also includes an Erase All function, repeated use of that option can hurt its reliability. In this video tutorial, you will learn about formatting the media card. show less
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Formatting the media card

Most media cards come from the factory already formatted, but it's a really good idea to format a new card with your specific camera. You'll use your camera's Format command any time that you want to erase the card. So, after you've pulled your images into your computer, you'll need to put the card back into your camera, and format it. It's very important that you choose Format to do this, rather than using the camera's Erase All function. Repeated use of Erase All can leave your card unreliable, and result in you being unable to get the images off your card.

Now, you can usually use special file recovery software to get to unreadable images, but it's a lot better to just avoid the problem in the first place. If a card does get messed up, then formatting it should put it back to normal. Since Format is a command that you're going to use very regularly, it's good learn exactly where it is. Format is located over here in the setup category, so I am go...

Formatting the media card
Video duration: 3m 4s 5h 30m Beginner Updated Feb 04, 2016

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Once you have finished your photography for the day and have copied your pictures to your computer or another device, it is important to format the media card that your camera was using. This will completely erase the media card of its contents and ensure it will be fully usable for next time. While the Canon 5D Mark III also includes an Erase All function, repeated use of that option can hurt its reliability. In this video tutorial, you will learn about formatting the media card.

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Photography
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5D Mark III
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