Nikon D300 User Manual (en)

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Format the Memory Card
Memory cards must be formatted before first use. Format the card 
as described below.
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Formatting Memory Cards
Formatting memory cards permanently deletes any data they may contain.
 
Be sure to copy any photographs and other data you wish to keep to a 
computer before proceeding (pg. 224). 
1
Turn the camera on.
2
Press the 
Q buttons.
Hold the 
Q (I and O) 
buttons down simultaneously 
for more than two seconds.
A blinking 
C will appear in 
the shutter-speed displays in 
the control panel and 
viewfinder. To exit without 
formatting the memory card, 
press any button other than 
the 
Q (I and O) buttons.
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See Also
See page 312 for information on formatting memory cards using the 
[Format memory card] option in the setup menu.
Power switch
O button
I button