#1. "RE: D800: Format not Allowed on 'My Menu'" In response to Reply # 0
Farmington Hills, US
You don't need to go to a menu. Just use the Mode ant Trash Can buttons. See page 32 of the English Manual.
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#3. "RE: D800: Format not Allowed on 'My Menu'" In response to Reply # 0
W. Vancouver, CA
>I am really looking for a quick way to format the secondary >card without having to navigate the setup menus or pull out >the primary card...
After you Hold the Mode and trash buttons down simultaneously and the blinking "For" (Format) appears on the control panel, you can choose the secondary (or other) card for formatting by rotating the main command dial thus avoiding the setup menus or pulling out one of the cards.
Have a look at page 32 of the Manual. (I only found this after an internet search.) I will admit that even though I preach to my students that they should read their manual, I have only skimmed the manual.
#4. "RE: D800: Format not Allowed on 'My Menu'" In response to Reply # 3 Mon 25-Jun-12 05:39 PM by Unavailable
Yes, that does the trick. Pressing mode+trash has been around since the digital dark ages but I didn't know about the control wheel solution. Either way, I can't fathom the need to restrict 'Format' on user menus. Menus are still safer than 'magic' button combinations for me.
I missed the reference in the manual too - but I stress to my software developers that making someone go to a user manual is a minor sign of failure .
We have found this expectation is also cultural. In Japan, reading the user manual from cover to cover, before using a product, is fondly anticipated. In North America, manuals are often ignored, and even despised.
I think a tool-tip message telling you to move the control wheel on the rear LCD screen would have fixed this issue more elegantly. Tool-tip feedback is not always obvious to manual-reading software/firmware developers.