How to Clear the Memory on a Sony Cyber-shot Digital Camera

by Jacob Michael

Video recordings and photos can quickly fill up your Sony Cyber-shot camera’s memory. After you transfer the files to your computer, format the memory card or internal memory to completely wipe it clean of all data. You can also initialize the Cyber-shot’s system settings to factory settings, which can be especially useful if you’ve fiddled with the settings and want to return the camera to its default settings.

Format the Memory Card or Internal Memory Storage

1

Turn on the camera and press the “Menu” button.

2

Select “Settings” and press the “Control” button.

3

Select “Memory Card Tool” if you’re formatting the camera’s memory card. To format the camera’s built-in memory, select “Internal Memory Tool.” Press the “Control” button.

4

Select “Format” and press the “Control” button.

5

Select “OK” and press the “Control” button to confirm.

Reset to Factory Settings

1

Turn on the camera and press the “Menu” button.

2

Select “Settings” and press the “Control” button.

3

Select “Main Settings” and press the “Control” button.

4

Select “Initialize” and press the “Control” button.

5

Select “OK” and press the “Control” button.

Warning

  • Formatting will erase all data on the card or camera’s internal storage, so back up any files you wish to keep beforehand.

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Jacob Michael has been a freelance writer since 2010, with expertise in computers, cooking, travel and other topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is pursuing a master's degree in American studies.

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