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What does format mean on a samsung l301 camera?

What does settings / format mean on a samsung l301 camera? I've seem to have lost all 700 photos.

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Formatting is erasing the memory card and preparing it to take new photos. If you haven't saved the photos to your computer yet, you will need to find a memory card utility that "rescues" data (pictures, in this case) from a card. You can go to your card manufacturers (Kingston, Sandisk, or whatever your brand is) website and find a suggestion for what utility they suggest.

If you had them saved to your computer, no worries, just start taking pictures again!

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Mabye not. DO NOT TAKE ANY MORE PHOTOS YET.

There is a program that will retrieve photos off a accidentally formatted camera card, Camera's don't actually wipe the contents when they format, they only wipe the File Allocation Table (index for where the photo's are).
Connect the camera so you can see card like a hard drive on your computer, run this program. Smartrecovery should recover the pictures.

http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/smart_recovery/info.htm?language=2

It is a free program. I have had much success with it.

Cheers.

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It is said that the formatting process will often erase everything important on a hard drive or memory card. Therefore, if these stored 700 photos are really important for you, you'd better never format it before you've backed up them all on another memory card or hard drive.
But, for some card error or other problems, you have no choice but have to format it. You'd better do one more thing in advance:
Apply a photo recovery freeware to restore all your inaccessible photos back:
http://www.freeware-fix.blogspot.com/2013/02/photo-recovery.html
I believe this freeware also can deeply scan your camera memory card and get back all your needed photos back successfully just in the same way as it completely retrieves all the deleted photos of my friend back from his formatted camera.
You can read more detailed information of this freeware here:
http://www.freeware-fix.blogspot.com/2013/03/memory-card-recovery.html
Note: Of course, if you insist, you also can firstly format this memory card and then restore your photos with this data recovery freeware. But, that may not be so good, since part of original photos may be actually lost in the formatting process.
Next time, no matter what has happened, you should never forget to back up everything important on different memory cards or drives.

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Formatting simply means that it arranges the memory into a usable order so that the camera can use it. If I understand you have formatted the memory card before downloading your photos? If so do not do anything else with the memory card and remove it from your camera. Buy a new one to continue taking pictures. Then get a memory card adapter and plug the old memory card into a PC and run an application that will unformat and recover files from the memory card. You can then download these to your PC and then reformat the card and use it in the camera by using an application such as EASUS (see the following link for more details)

http://www.easeus.com/resource/unformat-memory-card.htm

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