How do I format the micro SD card? (all cameras)

Warning:  Formatting the microSD card will erase all data on the card

Contour+2, Contour ROAM2, and Contour ROAM3.

To format the microSD card for the Contour camera follow these steps:

  1. Open the back of the camera.
  2. Check that the Record Slider is in the OFF position.
  3. Insert the microSD card securely in to the camera's card slot.
  4. Press and hold the Format Button until the microSD card LED begins flashing yellow.
  5. Release the Format Button.
  6. When the microSD card turns green, the card is formatted and ready to use.


Contour ROAM

To reformat the microSD card on a ContourROAM, open the back door of the camera. Now using a small pin or the end of a paperclip, press and hold the button inside the Format hole located beneath the microSD card slot. Press and hold that button until the camera beeps once and/or the card light on the top of the camera stops flashing and turns solid green.


Contour+ and ContourGPS

The Contour+ and ContourGPS must be formatted with the formatting “pinhole” button on the camera. To format a microSD card, follow the steps below.

Please note that all data on the microSD card will be lost during the format process and that the record switch must not be in the forward position during this process.
  1. Power up the camera with the microSD card installed.
  2. Using a pin or small nail, push and hold down the pinhole "formatting" button located above the microSD card slot. The camera will beep once when the format is complete.
  3. Release the pinhole button only after the camera beeps.
  4. Wait for 60 seconds.
  5. Power off the camera by holding down the power button for 3-5 seconds.
  6. Power up the camera again. The camera should have zero video files on it and be ready to shoot footage.


ContourHD 1080p and 720p

  1. Attach the ContourHD via the USB cable to your computer.
  2. Open ‘My Computer’ (or ‘Computer’) and locate the drive letter for the Contour – it should say “CONTOURHD (E:)” (the drive letter may vary).
  3. If there are any files on the Contour drive (assuming the corruption has not made them inaccessible), you will want to copy them to your hard drive before formatting, as formatting will erase all data.
  4. Right-click on the Contour drive letter, then left-click on Format.
  5. Check “quick format” and then click “Start” to perform the format. Or, if you have some time, it is advisable to not check the “quick format” option, and let a full format occur. This will take significantly longer than the “quick format.”
  6. Remove the Contour from the computer, remove the USB cable, turn the camera off, remove the SD Card, put the SD Card back in, secure the latch, power up the camera, shoot some videos, and see if the problem has resolved.
  1. Find the “Disk Utility” (should be found by going to your “Applications” folder and then your “Utilities” folder)
  2. Select the SD card drive and select “Erase”
  3. Use MSDOS FAT setting and select “Erase”
  4. Click on the “Partition” Tab
  5. Select the pull-down menu beneath the text “Volume Scheme:” labeled “Current” and select “1 Partition”
  6. Click the “Options...” button
  7. Select “Master Boot Record” and click “OK”
  8. Verify that the format is selected as MS-FAT under “Volume Information”
  9. Click the “Apply” button
  10.  When you get the dialog box, click the “Partition” button
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