Formatting CF and Microdrive

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by MB, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. MB

    MB Guest


    I use two Microdrives and one CF card when shooting with my Fuji S602. I've
    filled all the cards up several times over and now I am considering
    formatting the cards as I understand this will (ever so slightly) improve

    My question is - what is the best way to do this? I read a lot about FAT,
    FAT32 etc without really understanding what it means and what
    benefits/issues each could bring. The camera seems to just have one option -
    Format - so should I just go ahead and format in the camera? Or should I be
    doing something else?

    I use a Dazzle Fusion card reader to download direct from the cards, or
    alternatively if I am shooting a lot of pictures without access to my
    computer I download my cards onto an Archos Multimedia portable hard drive
    and transfer to my PC when I get home.

    Any advice regarding formatting my cards would be appreciated.

    MB, Aug 4, 2003
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  2. MB

    Ian Stirling Guest

    Just formatting in the camera is fine.
    What can be a problem is if you leave files on the camera while deleting others,
    and then continue to take pictures.
    If you do this several times over, especially with a microdrive (due to its
    slow seek time) then it may slow down a bit.

    Deleting all the files, or formatting does pretty much the same thing.
    Ian Stirling, Aug 4, 2003
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  3. MB

    Lionel Guest

    I use two 512MB CF cards & a single 1GB Microdrive, myself. :)
    It won't improve it to any noticible degree, but there's no harm in
    doing so if you feel the urge. After transferring my photos to my
    computer, I often format the card in the camera because it's actually
    faster (in my EOS 10D & Powershot S30) than doing a 'delete all'.
    Do it in the camera. That ensures that the format will be 100%
    compatible with the camera. This may not be the case if you format it in
    your computer.
    Hope this helps, etc. :)
    Lionel, Aug 4, 2003
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