Format your Camera’s Memory Card

28 Apr

Hello Everyone! 

I would like to introduce myself first, my name is Erika and I’m a new Techspert currently working on the MS Veendam. I’ve had a few guests ask me the purpose of formatting a memory card and I thought I would share it on the Digital Workshop blog as well. 


When you buy a new memory card to use in your digital camera, I recommend formatting the card in the camera before you start taking photos. This will ensure that the memory card functions to the best of its ability in accordance to your camera. 




Follow these steps to find how to Format your Memory Card:

1. Turn on your Camera. 

2. Find and press the Menu button on your digital camera (usually located on the back beside the display window).

2. In the Menu window select the Tools setting, which is usually represented by a wrench or hammer symbol (see above photo for example – #1). 

3. Within the Tools setting, scroll down until the Format option is highlighted (see above photo for example – #2). 

4. To select Format, simply press the OK button on your camera (this button might also be called Func/Set). 


Reasons to Format your Memory Card:

1. You have just purchased a new memory card.

2. You have an old memory card that you wish to use in a different or new digital camera.

3. You wish to delete all of your photos at once and return the memory card to the factory settings. 


It is a good idea to format your card a few times a year if you are an avid camera user and take many pictures throughout the year. This allows the card to be refreshed and continue being used to the best of its ability. However, a word of caution: Formatting a memory card with photos will ERASE ALL PHOTOS PERMANENTLY. Please ensure that you have transfered your photos to your computer before formatting your memory card.  


I hope this helps you understand a little more the Formatting Function on your cameras and I wish to see you all soon on a Holland America Line ship!  

– Techspert Erika on the MS Veendam 


2 Responses to “Format your Camera’s Memory Card”

  1. Duane Lloyd April 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Great information, thanks. I did not know about 1) an initial formatting or 2) refreshing formatting. Good info

  2. wpaleriders55 April 30, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    thank you really needed the tip on my dig- camera.

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