Simple rules that minimize the risk of accidental loss of precious data.
1. Use a quality card reader
Saving here is not worth it. If you want to protect your precious files, invest in a quality card and a quality card reader. Although card readers seemingly only “read” the card, the risk of damage still remains. To avoid such problems, use a reader from the same manufacturer as your card.
2. Format the card in the camera
Before shooting, make sure the card is formatted correctly. To “configure” a card to your camera, format it directly in it. If you format the card in another camera or on a computer, there is a chance of errors.
3. Do not remove the card from the camera while data is being recorded.
One of the easiest ways to prevent problems with a memory card is to simply turn off the camera before removing it. Alas, they often forget about him. If you remove the card while the camera is on, there is a possibility that the camera is still reading or writing files, which means that there is a possibility of data corruption.
4. Remove the camera from the computer through safe removal
Incorrectly removing a card from a computer means risking the fate of the files. The fact is that the computer operating system does not always immediately write the file to the media, instead, it caches information and waits for other write operations. This speeds up the work, but if you remove the card from the computer before the information from the cache is transferred to the media, the data will be corrupted. In addition, there is a risk of damage to the card itself when it is suddenly disconnected from the power supply.
5. Do not fill the memory card 100%
Most cameras have a number on the screen that shows how many photos can be taken before the memory card runs out of space. But the problem is that this is only a rough estimate. And if the card is already really full, and you take another picture, there is a risk of spoiling the entire card. Therefore, it is better not to take risks and just leave a little free space on the card without bringing the number to zero.
6. Keep the card safe
This will protect the contacts of your card. Too often, cards are simply thrown into a bag or pocket, and anything can damage your contacts, including water, dust and static electricity (even in very small volumes). Try to avoid materials that generate static electricity. Antistatic bags are inexpensive, protect against static and provide a clean place to store your cards.
7. Do not take pictures with a dead battery
The camera’s battery is almost as important as the card, so don’t save on batteries and try not to discharge them to the limit. If you shoot on a discharged battery, there is a chance that it will completely discharge at the very moment when the camera will record data on the memory card. And this can lead to the loss of all your data. To avoid this, change the battery or battery as soon as your camera shows a low charge.
PS – Do not store all your eggs in one basket – do backups
Make several copies of all files regularly. Any storage device, including memory cards, has an end-to-end life, and you never know when it will end. Therefore, we repeat again – backup! And, if possible, always have a few new cards at hand. Remember – your photos are most important.