How to Protect Images on Your Canon EOS 6D

If you decide to delete lots of your images with Canon’s erase options, you can protect any image to prevent accidental deletion. Note: This also protects the image in Canon’s image-editing software. This option, however, doesn't protect the image when you format the card.

When you photograph a person, place, or thing, you’re freezing a moment in time, a moment that may never happen again. Therefore you need to be very careful when you delete images from a card because when deleted, an image is lost forever. That’s why doing the majority of your winnowing (photographer-speak for separating the duds from the keepers) in an image-editing program is always safest. To protect an image:

  1. Press the Menu button and use the Multi-controller to navigate to the Playback Settings 1 tab.

    Protect Images is the first menu option.

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  2. Press the Set button.

    The Protect Images menu appears.

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  3. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Select Images and then press Set.

  4. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to select an image you want to protect and then press Set.

    The image is protected and can't be deleted. A lock icon appears on the screen when an image is protected. Press Set again to unprotect a protected image.

    You can also protect images while viewing them as thumbnails. Press the Index/Magnify button and then rotate the Main dial left until you see four thumbnail images. Rotate the dial left once more to view nine thumbnail images. Rotate the Quick Control dial to navigate to the next set of thumbnails and then use the multi-controller button to navigate to an individual thumbnail. Press Set to protect the highlighted image.

  5. Repeat Step 4 to protect additional images.

  6. Press the Menu button to return to the main menu.

    The images you’ve marked enter into the Pixel Protection Program.

Third-party software is available that can rescue images that were deleted accidentally or were lost when a card became corrupt. In fact, SanDisk includes rescue software with some of its cards. If you do accidentally delete a keeper, you have to use the software immediately.

You can also protect a folder or images as follows:

  1. Press the Menu button and use the Multi-controller to navigate to the Playback Settings 1 tab.

    Protect Images is the first menu option.

  2. Use the Multi-controller or Quick Control dial to highlight Protect Images and then press Set.

    The Protect Images menu is displayed.

  3. Use the Multi-controller or Quick Control dial to select All images in folder and then press Set.

    All folders on the card are displayed as well as the number of images in each folder.

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  4. Rotate the Quick Control dial, or use the Multi-controller to highlight the folder you want to protect and then press Set.

    A dialog box appears, asking you to confirm that you want to protect the folder of images.

  5. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight OK and then press Set.

    The images in the folder are protected and cannot be inadvertently deleted. They will only be deleted when you reformat the card.

To unprotect images in a folder:

  1. Press the Menu button and use the Multi-controller to navigate to the Playback Settings 1 tab.

    Protect Images is the first menu option.

  2. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Protect Images and then press Set.

    The Protect Images menu is displayed.

  3. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to select Unprotect all images in folder and then press Set.

    All folders on the card are displayed. Image thumbnails are displayed to the right of the selected folder. If the images in that folder are protected, a key symbol appears on each thumbnail.

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  4. Use the Quick Control dial or Multi-controller to navigate to the folder of images you want to unprotect and then press Set.

    A dialog box appears, asking you to confirm the fact that you want to unprotect all images in the selected folder.

  5. Use the Quick Control dial or Multi-controller to select OK.

    If you decide not to unprotect the images, accept the default option of Cancel and press Set.

  6. Press Set.

    The folder of images is unprotected.

There are two more commands on the Protect Images menu:

  • All images on card: Highlight this command and press Set to protect all images on the card.

  • Unprotect all images on card: Highlight this command and press Set to unprotect all images on the card.

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