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Formatting SD cards - or not!

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I've acquired the Lexar recovery program with a new SD card, and thought I'd give it a try on an old card. This old card has been formatted in the last month by my new E-M5 mkII. The recovery program found hundreds of old photos which DEFINITELY precede the last in-camera format. So if you think an in-camera format will totally clear the card, you are wrong. These photos were not in the DCIM directory, they were a backup and copied in via a desktop.

My advice is, when selling SD cards, use SDFormatter from SDCard.org to ensure your images are gone.
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Re: Formatting SD cards - or not!

I think the in camera format is a "quick format" which is very fast but only overwrites the directory. The SD Formatter offers in addititin to a quick format the options of an "erase" format and an "overwrite" format. If selling a card it would be wise to run it through an "erase" format.
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