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I use 2 GB SD cards in my Canon SD500 digital. Some friends have told me I should be formatting these cards before use. I have never done this and all seems to be OK. Is there an advantage to formatting or is it no longer an issue? Thanx, Ray

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Well when you fromat the storage device it completely wipes out all info on the drive. By just deleting the photos off once you are done there is still bits of info left behind. You actually gain more storage after a fresh reformat then if you just delete photos. But if you don' feel like formatting thats ok it won't hurt anything.

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You should only format the card in the camera, never via the computer through a card reader. Just through the camera's menu. I don't remember the exact reason but it regards the way the camera formats it is exactly the way it knows to read it whereas when a computer does it, it doesn't do it specifically the way the camera needs to use it.

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