Ensuring your memory cards are kept in good shape is important as it can ensure the safety of your digital files and images
Follow these tips in order to get the most out of your memory card.
Before You Buy
The first thing you need to do before buying any memory card is making sure that it is compatible with your card reader and camera. The manual should tell you what the maximum card capacity is for your camera. Failure to buy an adequate card may mean that your photos do not get written to the card. This is true if the card exceeds capacity. Having a card that exceeds the specifications of the card reader may mean failure to transfer images to your machine. Your camera may accept high-capacity cards, but don’t be surprised if you end up needing a new memory card reader anyway. An example of this are Secure Digital High Capacity cards, which are not backward-compatible that only take standard SD format.
Format Your Card
Don’t jump the gun and start taking pictures right away. UK memory card seller MyDigiBits advise that you make sure you format the memory card so it fits with your camera. Formatting it on your computer can result in compatibility issues and costs lower data processing as well as operational problems. There is a free SD formatting software available through the SD Association.
Dedicate The Card
Always dedicate your memory cards to your digital camera. Do not use the same card in other devices, including other cameras. Don’t simply swap one card for another camera. Format the card before putting it into a new machine. As tempting as it may be, don’t use Windows Explorer or other operating system devices to delete files from your memory card.
Image Processing On Your Memory Card
The biggest piece of advice we can give you here is to never, ever turn off the camera or remove the memory card when images are being saved. Otherwise you highly risk having your images lost or corrupted. Are you transferring images from your camera to your computer? Don’t shut off the camera then either.
How can you ensure that your camera doesn’t turn off when it is saving or transferring images? Start by making sure that the batteries are fully charged before you start any operation, such as going out to take pictures or transferring photos to your computer via a USB cable. Keep an extra set of batteries or charger in your bag if you’re going to be out for a long time. Make sure that the camera is turned off completely before removing the memory card. Your operating system should be able to tell you what the correct procedures for ejecting the card from the card reader is. It may be different from operating system to operating system.
Want To Get Rid Of A Card? Destroy It
Do you need to get rid of one of your memory cards? You should personally destroy it before getting rid of the remains. This way you can ensure that any personal or identifying information does not make it into the hands of a nefarious person. A clever thief can get all sorts of data off of there. Take a hammer to it first.