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Jan 17, 2022 15:57:16   #
whiplash3333 Loc: Cass City Michigan
 
my camera will not format my memory
What do I need to do
I have a Canon Mark four

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Jan 17, 2022 16:00:30   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Does it say anything? (Provide any information?)
Does it just sit there?

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Jan 17, 2022 16:04:30   #
kmielen Loc: Eastern NC
 
whiplash3333 wrote:
my camera will not format my memory
What do I need to do
I have a Canon Mark four


Do you get an error code?

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Jan 17, 2022 17:04:01   #
David Martin Loc: Cary, NC
 
whiplash3333 wrote:
my camera will not format my memory
What do I need to do
I have a Canon Mark four

Are you able to format the card with your computer?
Is your camera able to format a different memory card?

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Jan 17, 2022 17:34:50   #
bsprague Loc: Lacey, WA, USA
 
Is the card's write protect switch on or off?

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Jan 17, 2022 17:36:18   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
bsprague wrote:
Is the card's write protect switch on or off?

if it's an SD card.

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Jan 18, 2022 08:54:03   #
Canisdirus
 
Here's what you need to do...

Give us more info.

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Jan 18, 2022 09:33:48   #
tcthome Loc: Keansburg , NJ
 
whiplash3333 wrote:
my camera will not format my memory
What do I need to do
I have a Canon Mark four


Does your memory card have a lock/protect tab on it? Also does your camera have an option to protect your photos from accidently being erased? I don't shoot Canon but have back button that protects the photos from individual deletion. I don't use it but maybe if it is on threw the shoot.
Good luck.

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Jan 18, 2022 09:34:01   #
BebuLamar
 
whiplash3333 wrote:
my camera will not format my memory
What do I need to do
I have a Canon Mark four


Canon 5D Mark four?

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Jan 18, 2022 10:19:42   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
whiplash3333 wrote:
my camera will not format my memory
What do I need to do
I have a Canon Mark four


Check to be sure the little lock switch on the card isn't locked. That's the usual panic cause here...

If that isn't it, try a different card. If the second card formats normally, the issue is with the first card. If the second card won't format, the issue is camera-related.

Be sure the card slot is clean. Hold the camera slot side up, and blast it with a blower bulb or compressed air. (Beware of Dust-Off or other "canned air" that's really a liquid refrigerant.)

Be sure the card contacts are clean. A wipe lightly moistened with a tiny bit of denatured alcohol or 99% isopropyl alcohol will clean grease, food, and other crud from gold-plated contacts on SD cards.

Static electricity occasionally ruins a card. Just walking across a carpet in winter can charge your body with tens of thousands of volts of energy. If you pick up a grounded card... Bzzzzt! I keep my cards in a static-resistant case, and ground myself before handling them or changing them. It's a paranoia left over from my days of upgrading computer memory.

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Jan 18, 2022 11:25:36   #
bobforman
 
The other day my D200 wouldn't format the card. I formatted it in my computer and tried again in the camera. It worked and has ever since. Just a quirk, I guess.

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Jan 18, 2022 12:04:52   #
whiplash3333 Loc: Cass City Michigan
 
I will look for code tonight
And I’ll let you know thanks

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Jan 18, 2022 12:05:40   #
whiplash3333 Loc: Cass City Michigan
 
Yes That’s a good idea thanks

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Jan 18, 2022 12:07:57   #
whiplash3333 Loc: Cass City Michigan
 
Thanks so much for your advice

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Jan 18, 2022 12:15:40   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
whiplash3333 wrote:
I will look for code tonight
And I’ll let you know thanks


Hint: If you click on "Quote Reply" we'll know to whom you are replying.

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