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Free up missing space on camera memory cards
Authored by: RaceTripper on Jun 27, '07 08:01:40AM

I don't even bother deleting my photos from the memory card per say. After I copy my camera files to my computer, I put the card back into the camera and reformat it using the camera's format facility. That way I'm assured of starting fresh each time.



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Free up missing space on camera memory cards
Authored by: kieranchan on Jun 27, '07 08:33:09AM
Agree. There is few benefit from formating the card too
  • increase chance to recover data (minimize fragmentation ease data recovery)
  • faster access in theory
  • some camera may access slower while the card not format by the camera (my old Minolta DC is like that)


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    Free up missing space on camera memory cards
    Authored by: tyip on Jun 27, '07 01:16:33PM

    I agree this is the best way. But when the old photos that I want to keep only take up a fraction of the card, I don't want to reformat the card in case I want to show those photos to friends or relatives.

    Does anyone know how camera memory cards deal with fragmentation? Does the camera have enough smarts to split one photo into 3 or 4 fragments?



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    Free up missing space on camera memory cards
    Authored by: robogobo on Jun 28, '07 09:15:22AM

    Not sure, but I don't think they're so smart. This is why formatting is always recommended. It also reduced risk of corruption, wipes invisible files and keep sequential numbering in check. With some cameras, if you leave files on a card, it will pick up with that number +1 for the next shot, regardless of whether there's a file with the same name that was transferred off the card.



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    Free up missing space on camera memory cards
    Authored by: megagram on Jun 28, '07 11:44:25AM

    I'm pretty sure you don't even need to concern yourself with fragmentation on any kind of solid-state media. Since there are no seek times with a moving head that reads and writes data it doesn't matter as much how your data is laid out. I'm pretty sure fragmentation has a nil effect on solid-state media.



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