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02-01-2008, 12:29 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by noblepa Quote
Whenever I've formatted an SD card on my PC, it never asks. It just seems to do a quick format, since it happens almost instantly.
This is clearly also the case on the K10D, which is also virtually instant.

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QuoteOriginally posted by mattdm Quote
This is clearly also the case on the K10D, which is also virtually instant.
And virtually ever other digital camera I've ever formatted a card on, none do a full byte by byte zero write, could you imagine the card corruption that would ensue as people switched their cameras off in frustration ;-)
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And virtually ever other digital camera I've ever formatted a card on, none do a full byte by byte zero write, could you imagine the card corruption that would ensue as people switched their cameras off in frustration ;-)
I'm not sure what it's doing exactly, but format is really, really slow on my wife's Fujifilm F31fd. Just as slow as delete-all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattdm Quote
I'm not sure what it's doing exactly, but format is really, really slow on my wife's Fujifilm F31fd. Just as slow as delete-all.
It sounds like it's just slow to write the FAT if that's the case.

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A few years ago I had a fellow at a respected camera shop tell me about a customer who had a memory card that would no longer accept images. I don't remember whether he said it was the card manufacturer or the camera manufacturer who said that the problem was because the card had images continually added and deleted. They advised that formatting was a better option. Since then that's the course I've taken with my memory cards as well as my USB drives. It may be an urban myth, but the only things that separate us from the animals are pointless ritual and mindless superstition.
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neither.......i CUT and paste.
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I use a card reader and once installed on my computers hard drive, I simply delete the photos...Never had any problems and been doing it this way for years..
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QuoteOriginally posted by distudio Quote
It sounds like it's just slow to write the FAT if that's the case.
Minutes, though?

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neither.......i CUT and paste.
This is functionally the same as delete.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattdm Quote
Minutes, though?
Tried a different brand/model card at any stage? Card/reader incompatibilities can exist that make some functions almost grind to a halt? Unless it really did do a write zero format, maybe it was a spy version ;-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattdm Quote
This is functionally the same as delete.
formatting, deleting, cutting, moving......as long as it's not in the card and its in my hdd............


makes no difference really..cutting (for me) is much faster
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