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I want to delete some pictures from my canon powershot A80 permanently. I have erased them, but want permanent deletion.So how can i format my Compact Flash memory card?

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Full instructions are given on page 138 of the owners instruction manual.

1 - In the setup menu select Format and press the set button.

2 - Select ok, and press the set again.

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In general it is pretty hard to recover photos on a compact flash card once it has been erased and overwritten. You can just erase and take pictures over it many timesand this will pretty much take care of the problem.

You can also use an external card reader and load videos, pictures, data, etc. several times and this should make recovering your previous photos almost impossible.

You can try another option which does what the 1st two suggestions did (except it is automated) and use a commercial software program. Here is one such program.

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