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If you need to format your cybershot camera without losing your pictures , please follow the below steps :-
Make sure that you copy all the pictures from your camera to your hard disk , so that in case of an accidental format your data is saved.
To copy images from your camera to your computer or hard disk all you need to do is connect the camera using the cable which is supplied along with it , to your computer , and then install the software that came along with it, usually in a CD.
When you install the software you would find a storage drive is being reflected in my computer in case you are using windows xp , this will have all the pictures that you have taken from your camera.
Select the folders of the pictures of the specific pictures you want to copy and then select copy option from the edit menu , or press CTRL + C when the images or folder has been selected.
Now you need to paste these images on your hard disk , so you can do this by just creating a new folder on your desktop and then opening it , and pressing CTRL + V option so that the files get copied to your desktop , which is stored in your hard disk.
Note :- It's always better to copy your important images/fies to a seperate partition , instead of copying them to your root drive in which the operating system has been installed. This could save your data from being deleted accidentally in case you format your root drive for reinstallting the operating system or the partition is lost , or corrupted.
What you need to do is download your pictures to the computer hard drive. Once the pictures are on the hard drive you can format the memory card. Yes you will loose everything that's on that memory card but what you had on it is now on the computer. I'm amazed that you have gone 4 months without formatting the card unless you don't use the camera much. Not only that the card should have been formatted before you started using the camera, it's what makes the camera and memory card compatible. The memory card should be formatted each time you download pictures to the computer.
Try to format the memory card on your computer first. After that, test the camera and see if it can detect the memory card.
To format the memory card on your computer, you need to have a card reader or a memory card slot on your PC. Once your mmc gets detected, go to My Computer and then right click on the Memory card and then click Reformat. Choose default settings and then check Quick Format.
Have you tried to put the card in a card reader and connect it to your computer? Card readers can be purchased at just about any store that sells electronics or camera supplies. They cost around $20 or less. You put the card in the card reader, attach it to your computer and click on start and then my computer.You should be able to see something that says digital media or mass storage. Highlight that and that right click. It should give you the option of formatting the card. It will erase everything and format it for you. Then you can try it in the camera. If this doesn't work then it should be looked at. Good luck
Try opening your My Computer screen, connect the camera to the computer and watch for the new removable disk to show up. Depending on the camera there may be two that show up. Right click on the removable disk/disks and choose format, click start and click okay. This should fully reformat the memory and you'll be able to take pictures again.
Try opening your My Computer screen, connect the camera to the computer
and watch for the new removable disk to show up. Depending on the
camera there may be two that show up. Right click on the removable
disk/disks and choose format, click start and click okay. This should
fully reformat the memory and you'll be able to take pictures again.