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    Formatting an SD card

    Is there any harm (reduced life?) performing a low level format instead of a quick format?

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    What exactly is the difference? I always see the low level format option on the camera but I've never used it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavallino333 View Post
    What exactly is the difference? I always see the low level format option on the camera but I've never used it.
    You have the S2 - I have the S3. I have chosen the low level - not sure why. The manual specificly states to perform a low level when the card is behaving abnormally.

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    I'm pretty sure that your card has been behaving abnormally for some time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrx wagone View Post
    I'm pretty sure that your card has been behaving abnormally for some time.
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    I've heard from friends that their is no difference, but I don't know personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 96accord View Post
    I've heard from friends that their is no difference, but I don't know personally.
    That is what I think. I am waiting for the photo gurus to chime in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 04.SPT.WRX View Post
    You have the S2 - I have the S3. I have chosen the low level - not sure why. The manual specificly states to perform a low level when the card is behaving abnormally.

    Hmm well my card has never been abnormal, and what exactly constitutes and an abnormally behaving card I do not know.
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    idk what you guys are talking about. but i format my CF card everytime i shoot. just do a full reformate and you should be good

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