How Do I Format the Card (EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS/EOS 1000D) ?



      If the card is new or was previously formatted by another camera or personal computer, format the card with the camera.
      Formatting the card will erase everything in the card. Even protected images will be erased, so make sure there is nothing you need to keep. If necessary, transfer the images to a personal computer before formatting the card.

      1. Set the camera's power switch to <ON>.

      2. Press the <MENU> button to display the menu.

      3. Press the <Cross Keys> to select [ ] tab.

      4. Select [Format], press <SET> button.

      5. Select [OK], then press <SET> Button.
      • The card will be formatted.
      • When the formatting is completed, the menu will reappear.

      For low-level formatting, press the < > button, checkmark [Low level format] with [ ], then select [OK].

      About Low-level Formatting
      • Do low-level formatting if the card's recording or reading speed seems slow.
      • Since low-level formatting will erase all recordable sectors in the card, the formatting will take slightly longer than normal formatting.
      • You can stop the low-level formatting by selecting [Cancel]. Even in this case, normal formatting will have been completed and you can use the card as usual.

      When the card is formatted, only the file management information is changed. The actual data is not completely erased. Be aware of this when selling or discarding the card. When discarding the card, execute low-level formatting or destroy the card physically to prevent the data from being leaked.

      The card's capacity displayed on the format screen may be lower than the capacity indicated on the card.