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Sony Camera Error: Error Formatting Internal Memory

If the screen of your Sony camera flashes an «Error Formatting Internal Memory» message, use one of the suggested methods to tackle this problem. This manual will help you fix errors related to your camera’s lens, memory, and power supply or system failures.

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How To Fix The «Error Formatting Internal Memory» Error

  1. Deleted pictures in a Sony camera:
  2. Memory card error:
  3. Lens error:
  4. File damage or file error:
  5. Power error:
  6. Common or system error:

Deleted Pictures In a Sony Camera

Use a Data Recovery Program

Incorrect use of a camera or a memory card or other unintended actions can make pictures in the memory card to become damaged or lost.

Recover lost or damaged files with the help of data recovery software. Scan your memory card with Hetman Partition Recovery and restore the files you have found (pictures or videos) in the form they appear in the preview window.

You can download the software for free to make sure that your files can be recovered. To find your way with the program read the manual.

Sony: Recovering data after «Error Formatting Internal Memory»

Memory Card Errors

If the «Error Formatting Internal Memory» message is related to a memory card error in a Sony camera, do the following:

Connect The Memory Card

In digital and reflex cameras, photo and video files are mostly saved to a memory card. If the memory card is not connected to the camera, it can show an error message.

Sony «Error Formatting Internal Memory»: 
Connect the memory card

In this case connect the memory card to the camera or, if it is already connected, make sure such connection is proper.

Disconnect And Reconnect The Memory Card Again

If a memory card error has occured, disconnect it from the camera. Before doing that, don’t forget to switch the camera off. After you have taken the memory card out of its slot, make sure its contacts are not damaged or dirty.

Sony «Error Formatting Internal Memory»: Disconnect and reconnect the memory card again

Insert the memory card into the proper slot of your camera again.

Unlock The Memory Card

Make sure the memory card is not locked. The memory card lock switch (for SD cards) should be in the unlocked (upper) position.

Sony «Error Formatting Internal Memory»: Unlock the memory card

Otherwise, if the memory card is unlocked and there is an error saying it is still locked, you’ll have to format the memory card.

Format The Memory Card

If disconnecting and reconnecting the memory card did not yield any result, format it. Before formatting the car, make sure all files from there are copied to another media, because formatting will delete all the files from your memory card.

If formatting cannot be performed, it means the memory card is out of order and it has to be replaced.

Take Pictures or Make Films In Lower Resolution

If while shooting a film your camera stops the process of recording/saving and flashes an error message, it may indicate insufficient read/write speed of the memory card. This speed can be low both because of the camera overheating and because of the speed restrictions set by the manufacturer.

In this case, we recommend reducing the resolution of the pictures you are taking or videos you are making.

Clean Or Replace The Memory Card

The camera can flash an error if its internal memory/memory card is full. In the camera’s menu, change the settings so that files are saved to the memory card instead of the camera’s internal memory. Transfer files from the memory card to the computer or clean it to continue your work.

Sony «Error Formatting Internal Memory»: Clean or replace the memory card

Try Testing The Memory Card With Another Device

If a memory card is not recognized by the camera, connect it to another camera or device to make sure it works properly with them.

Use a Memory Card Compatible With Your Camera

A camera can flash an error if an incompatible memory card is inserted. Replace such memory card with the one compatible with this camera according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Lens Error

If the «Error Formatting Internal Memory» message is related to a lens error in a Sony camera, do the following:

Disconnect And Reconnect The Lens Again

Disconnect the lens from the camera and make sure that its metal contacts are clean and intact as well as the lens contacts on the camera body.

Sony «Error Formatting Internal Memory»: Disconnect and reconnect the lens again

If reconnecting the lens and cleaning its contacts haven’t fixed the problem, the camera may need repairing.

Make Sure The Camera And The Lens Are Compatible With Each Other

A lens error may result from trying to connect a lens model which is incompatible with your camera. Make sure your camera model is compatible with the lense model according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Switch The Camera "Off" And Then Switch It "On" Again

A camera can show an error because of its lense jammed or blocked during the transportation. For some reason, the blocking may not be disabled.

If the camera reports a lense error, switch it off and then switch it on again.

Update The Camera’s Firmware

A camera’s lens error may occur because the device needs updating its firmware. Go to the camera manufacturer’s website to check for latest firmware and update it if a newer version is available.

File Damage Or File Error

If the «Error Formatting Internal Memory» message is related to a file integrity error in a Sony camera, do the following:

Copy Files To The Computer And Format The Memory Card

If the camera fails to read files, copy them to the computer and try opening them on the computer. Then format the memory card.

The pictures or videos may have been taken with another camera model and therefore cannot be read by your particular device.

Insert Another Memory Card Into Your Camera

If your camera reports a damaged file error, and formatting the memory card did not help, connect another memory card (which works properly) to your camera.

If the error does not appear again, then your memory card must have been damaged or broken. If the error occurs again and again, it indicates more serious problems, and you’d better go to a service center to fix them.

Try Taking A Picture Once More

If the camera cannot complete the process of saving or compressing a picture and flashes an error message, try taking a picture again. Picture file format may need to be changed, or there may be a processing function failure.

Unlock The File Which Is Marked “Read Only”

If you cannot delete a photo or video file with the help of your camera, it may be marked “read only.” Go to the file properties tab and uncheck the box “read only” using your computer or camera menu (if such function is provided by the manufacturer).

Sony «Error Formatting Internal Memory»: Unlock the file which is marked “Read only”

Power Error

If the «Error Formatting Internal Memory» message is related to a power error in a Sony camera, do the following:

Disconnect And Reconnect The Battery Again

If there is an error related to your camera’s power supply, disconnect and take out the battery (accumulator cell). Make sure the battery was connected to the camera properly. Make sure the battery model corresponds to the camera model. Make sure the battery contacts are not damaged or dirty. If all the previous actions yielded no result, you battery may be out of order.

Sony «Error Formatting Internal Memory»: Disconnect and reconnect the battery again

Charge The Battery

Some activities of the camera consume much power from the battery. For example, if you need to clean a digital camera sensor, the battery has to be fully charged. If the camera detects that the battery level is insuficient for a certain action, it will report a battery low error. In this case, you need to charge the battery.

Cool The Battery

If the camera’s battery is overheated, it may stop charging and indicate this problem by flashing the accumulator charge light. In this case, let the battery cool down to normal temperature and make sure its contacts are not dirty.

Common Or System Error

If the «Error Formatting Internal Memory» message is related to a common system error in a Sony camera, do the following:

Switch The Camera "Off" And Then Switch It "On" Again

If your camera reports a common or system error, switch it off and then switch it on again.

A camera may become overheated when used intensively. Wait for the device to cool down to normal temperature and then switch it on.

Reload The Camera

To reload the camera switch it off, take out the memory card and disconnect the battery. Wait 15 minutes and put the camera together in the reverse sequence. If the error is still there, your camera may need repairing.

Sony «Error Formatting Internal Memory»: Reload the camera

Charge Or Rreplace The Internal Power Supply

A common or system error may result from discharge of the camera’s internal battery (which also controls the camera’s time and date settings).

Sony «Error Formatting Internal Memory»: Charge or replace the internal power supply

In this case, you will have to replace or charge the internal power supply (depending on the format of such power supply).

Transfer Your Pictures To The Computer

If pictures in the memory card are taken with another camera, viewing them can produce errors. It happens because the camera cannot show such pictures in full size and only displays their icons.

Transfer your pictures to the computer to vie them in full size.

Connect The Camera’s Cable To a Computer Or a Printer

When transferring pictures from the camera to the computer or printing them from the camera you may encounter a connection error.

Make sure that the camera’s cable is connected properly to a computer or a printer. Check if the cable fits firmly into the connection socket. After that, switch the camera off and then switch it on again.

In Other Languages:

Other Sony Cameras Errors

  1. For use with compatible battery only;
  2. System error;
  3. Internal memory error;
  4. Reinsert the memory card Memory Stick;
  5. Memory card Memory Stick type error;
  6. Cannot access memory card Memory Stick;
  7. Access denied;
  8. Error formatting memory card Memory Stick;
  9. Error formatting internal memory;
  10. Memory card Memory Stick locked;
  11. No memory space on internal memory;
  12. No memory space on memory card Memory Stick;
  13. Read only memory;
  14. No images;
  15. Folder error;
  16. Cannot create more folders;
  17. File error;
  18. Read only folder;
  19. File protected;
  20. Image size over limit;
  21. Invalid operation;
  22. No red-eye detected;
  23. Vibration warning indicator;
  24. 1280×720 is not available;
  25. Zoom disabled;
  26. Maximum number of images already selected;
  27. Low battery power;
  28. Printer busy;
  29. Paper error;
  30. No paper;
  31. Ink error;
  32. Low ink;
  33. No ink;
  34. Printer error;
  35. Processing...;
  36. Error Playing Music;
  37. Error Formatting Music;
  38. Operation cannot be executed in unsupported files;

List Of Sony Cameras

The «Error Formatting Internal Memory» error may occur in the following:

Photocameras Sony Alpha 7, 7 II, 7R, 7R II, 7S, 7S II Series

Photocameras Sony Alpha DSLR-A100, DSLR-A200, DSLR-A230, DSLR-A290, DSLR-A300, DSLR-A330 Series

Photocameras Sony Alpha DSLR-A350, DSLR-A380, DSLR-A390, DSLR-A450, DSLR-A500 Series

Photocameras Sony Alpha DSLR-A550, DSLR-A560, DSLR-A580, DSLR-A700, DSLR-A850, DSLR-A900 Series

Photocameras Sony Alpha NEX-3, NEX-3N, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-5T Series

Photocameras Sony Alpha NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, QX1 Series

Photocameras Sony Alpha a3000, a3500, a5000, a5100, a6000, a6300 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-D700, DSC-D770, DSC-F55, DSC-F55V, DSC-F88, DSC-F505 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F505V, DSC-F707, DSC-F717, DSC-F828, DSC-G1, DSC-G3 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1, DSC-H2, DSC-H3, DSC-H5, DSC-H7, DSC-H9 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10, DSC-H20, DSC-H50, DSC-H55, DSC-H70, DSC-H90 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200, DSC-H300, DSC-H400, DSC-HX1, DSC-HX5 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V, DSC-HX9V, DSC-HX10V, DSC-HX20V, DSC-HX30V, DSC-HX50V Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80, DSC-HX90V, DSC-HX100V, DSC-HX200V, DSC-HX300, DSC-HX400V Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-L1, DSC-M1, DSC-M2, DSC-N1, DSC-N2 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P1, DSC-P2, DSC-P3, DSC-P5, DSC-P7, DSC-P8, DSC-P9 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P10, DSC-P20, DSC-P30, DSC-P31, DSC-P32, DSC-P41 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P50, DSC-P51, DSC-P52, DSC-P71, DSC-P72, DSC-P73 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P92, DSC-P93, DSC-P100, DSC-P150, DSC-P200 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10, DSC-QX30, DSC-QX100 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1, DSC-RX1, DSC-RX1R, DSC-RX1R II Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10, DSC-RX10 II, DSC-RX10 III Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, DSC-RX100 II, DSC-RX100 III, DSC-RX100 IV Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S30, DSC-S40, DSC-S50, DSC-S60 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S70, DSC-S75, DSC-S85, DSC-S90 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600, DSC-S650, DSC-S700, DSC-S730, DSC-S750, DSC-S780 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S800, DSC-S930, DSC-S950, DSC-S980 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2000, DSC-S2100 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T1, DSC-T2, DSC-T3, DSC-T5, DSC-T7, DSC-T9 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T10, DSC-T11, DSC-T20, DSC-T30, DSC-T33 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T50, DSC-T77, DSC-T90, DSC-T99 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T100, DSC-T110, DSC-T200, DSC-T300 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T500, DSC-T700, DSC-T900 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1, DSC-TX1, DSC-TX5, DSC-TX7 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9, DSC-TX10, DSC-TX20, DSC-TX30 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55, DSC-TX66, DSC-TX100V, DSC-TX200V Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-U10, DSC-U20, DSC-U30, DSC-U40, DSC-U50, DSC-U60 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1, DSC-V3, DSC-W1, DSC-W5, DSC-W7 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30, DSC-W35, DSC-W50, DSC-W55, DSC-W70, DSC-W80, DSC-W90 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100, DSC-W110, DSC-W120, DSC-W130, DSC-W150 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170, DSC-W200, DSC-W220, DSC-W230, DSC-W290 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W300, DSC-W310, DSC-W320, DSC-W330, DSC-W350, DSC-W370, DSC-W380 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W510, DSC-W530, DSC-W550, DSC-W560, DSC-W570 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W610, DSC-W620, DSC-W650, DSC-W690, DSC-W710, DSC-W730 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W800, DSC-W810, DSC-W830, DSC-WX1, DSC-WX5, DSC-WX9 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10, DSC-WX30, DSC-WX50, DSC-WX70, DSC-WX80 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150, DSC-WX220, DSC-WX300, DSC-WX350, DSC-WX500 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot CD200, CD250, CD300, CD350 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot CD400, CD500, CD1000 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot FD-71, FD-73, FD-75, FD-81, FD-83, FD-85 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot FD-87, FD-88, FD-90, FD-91, FD-92, FD-95, FD-97 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot FD-100, FD-200 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot Sony SLT-A33, Sony SLT-A35, Sony SLT-A37, Sony SLT-A55 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot Sony SLT-A57, Sony SLT-A58, Sony SLT-A65, Sony SLT-A68 Series

Photocameras Sony Cyber-shot Sony SLT-A77, Sony SLT-A77 II, Sony SLT-A99 Series

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