format to delete?

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  1. mapgirl

    mapgirl TPF Noob!

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    One simple, possibly dumb question: I was told in a digital class that the best way to delete images from memory was to format (re-format) instead of using "delete." Is this true? Are there any ill effects from formatting over and over? (OK, two questions).

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    It does the same thing as far as I can see. The format may organize the memory space a little more efficiency, but you should only need to do this occasionally.
     
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    Format I think renders the files totally unrestorable - as opposed to delete where recovery software can get them back (not 100%, but near enough)
    Also it tend to wipe all those little bits of data that get left around in the card- test yourself, delete the contents of a card and then check its size - then format and check again. The format removes more data - though we are talking small byts of data they can soon add up!
     
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    The advice I've heard is that formatting is the better option. Some claim that repeated deleting without formatting can cause corrupt data. I just always format, and have never had any problems.
     
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    Thanks folks!
     

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