View Full Version : Formatting magnetic media

05-14-2005, 07:06 PM
A couple of people I know have experienced problems that look different on the surface but are similar. A camera was producing corrupted JPEG images and there were problems using a FireWire HD.

I think the answer to both problems is the same. Install the device and format it before using. The FireWire HD came formatted in FAT32, and the third party SD card was just thrown in the camera and used.

When I buy a hard disk, memory card, USB flash disk. iPod, or whatever, the first thing I do is reformat it in the camera or computer or other device that I am going to use it with. I'm always a little surprised when I ask people, "Did you format that before using it?" and they say no. I guess it's a habit I picked up back when floppies were floppy and media could be bought unformatted.

05-14-2005, 09:09 PM
If I was using an external HD I would change it to HFS+. Everything else I leave as is.