How To Clear Memory Card On Canon Camera

If your camera is refusing to take pictures or video, it might be because of a memory card problem. Here’s how to clear the card and get your camera working again.

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How to clear your memory card on a Canon camera

There are a few ways to clear your memory card on a Canon camera. The easiest way is to use the Canon Camera Menu.

To clear the memory card, first make sure the camera is turned off.

To clear the memory card using the Canon Camera Menu:

1. Open the Canon Camera Menu.

2. Select the Memory Card option.

3. Select the Clear option.

4. Select the OK button.

Why you should clear your memory card regularly

Clearing your memory card regularly will keep your photos and videos safe as they will not be stored on the card in case of a system crash or power outage. If you ever experience any problems with your camera that are not related to the memory card, it is always a good idea to clear the memory card and start from scratch. This can help to eliminate any possible errors that may have occurred.

How to format your memory card

  1. Prepare your camera and memory card.
  2. Turn your camera on and insert the memory card.
  3. Press the MENU button and select the Format option.
  4. Select the type of memory card you’d like to format.
  5. Press the SET button to confirm the format.
  6. Your camera will delete all pictures and videos from the card.
  7. Turn your camera off and remove the memory card.
  8. Format the memory card again if you want to use it with your camera again.

How to delete all images on your memory card

If you want to completely clear out all images on your memory card, you can do so in a few simple steps.

1. Turn your camera off.

  1. Remove the memory card from the camera.
  2. Open the Memory Card Dump folder on your computer.
  3. Copy all of the images from the memory card to the computer.
  4. Delete the images from the memory card in the Memory Card Dump folder.
  5. Reinstall the memory card in the camera.
  6. Turn the camera on.
  7. View the images that were previously on the memory card.

How to troubleshoot memory card errors

  • If the camera powers up but the memory card doesn’t appear to be reading, try reformatting the card in the camera.
  • If the camera powers up and the memory card appears to be reading, but the camera won’t take pictures or videos, the problem might be with the memory card itself. Try reformatting the card in a separate card reader and see if that resolves the issue. If the problem persists, the memory card might be defective.
  • If the camera powers up but the memory card won’t read at all, there might be a problem with the connection between the camera and the memory card. Try reformatting the card in the camera and reconnecting the camera to the power source. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, the memory card might be defective.


When your camera starts to malfunction, it is often because of a problem with the memory card. The most common problem is that the card is full, but there are other reasons too. If you are having problems with your camera and the memory card, clearing the card can often fix the problem.

Author: Eshant

My journey toward photography has been an interesting one. I started with a very basic DSLR camera, and after several years of experimentation with its manual settings, I finally made the jump to single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras. Being a photographer is not just about having a camera or being able to take pictures well. It requires the ability to process information from raw data, which is why I am passionate about learning things and implementing them in real life. Hey! I am Eshant, an 18-year-old student from India who loves blogging and photography. I was born and raised in Haryana India but moved to Chandigarh for education when I was 14 I want to be able to utilize my skills in both online and offline businesses so that's why I'm learning about internet marketing and my goal is to start a blog. I am passionate about learning new things, hence why I love blogging too. Please feel free to contact me via email or twitter if you have any questions!

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