How to Format an SD Card in Your Canon EOS 6D

After you download images from your EOS 6D to your computer and back them up, it’s a good idea to format your cards before using them again, even if you didn’t fill them. Doing this ensures you’ll have a full card to work with and won’t download duplicate images when you download them to your computer. To format an SD card:

  1. Insert the card into the camera.

  2. Press the Menu button.

    The last used camera menu displays on the LCD monitor.

  3. Press the Multi-controller to navigate to the Camera Settings 1 tab.

  4. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Format.

    The Format Card option is selected.

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  5. Press the Set button.

    The menu changes to show the amount of data on the card and displays a warning that all data will be lost.

  6. Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight OK and press Set.

    The card is formatted. After formatting, you have a blank card that's ready to capture images from the camera.

    There is also an option called a Low-Level format, which totally erases all data on the card and resets it to its default condition. To enable Low-Level format, press the Erase button that looks like a garbage can to enable the feature and then perform Step 6. It’s a good idea to do a Low-Level format every now and again to restore your cards to an almost-new condition.

    The only way you can restore images from a card that’s been formatted is with a data recovery program. Make sure you’ve downloaded all images to your computer before you format a card.

  7. Press the shutter button halfway to exit the menu and resume taking pictures.

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