Caring For Your Memory card

Practice these 7 F-steps of Card Care

  1. Buy only the FINEST cards. You are capturing memories so stick to brands you can trust.
  2. FORMAT new cards in the camera before you use them the first time, and then every time you’ve wiped the images from the card.
  3. FILL cards up without deleting images in the camera.  Continually deleting images in the camera significantly increases the  chance of problems.
  4. FINALISE the writing -to-card process before: switching to “review”, turning the camera off, or removing the card. Always use the ‘Eject’ function on your computer before pulling a memory card out of its reader. Interrupting these processes is a common cause of corruption
  5. Check the FUEL—be aware of remaining battery  power so that data is not lost if the battery goes flat during the  writing-to-card process or during transfer to a PC
  6. FILE (back-up) the created images in several places and then wipe the card using FORMAT (do not use “delete all  images”)
  7. Store unused cards in a FIRM case

Use Multiple Memory Cards Instead of one large capacity . Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. When using lots of smaller cards, if one should one corrupt, you’re not going to lose everything.

Store cards in a firm protective case like these we sell...

Be proactive and periodically copy all your images from your camera to the omputer – do it after every important picture taking session – don’t wait ntil the card is full. Organize them as you wish and back them up to externalhard drives.

After ensuring you have copied off all of your images, and successfully backed them up, format your card. You can never format a card too often.

When you capture photos on a clean (formatted) memory card, files are broken into chunks and stored sequentially. When you delete an unwanted photo you are giving the camera permission to overwrite that photo with a new one. As you continue to delete photos the camera becomes unable to store each new photo file in a sequential manner and must “fragment” files across different physical locations on your memory card. This slows down the process of reading and writing files. Eventually the information may be so spread out the camera or computer will not be able to re-assemble the photos and you see the message “Cannot Read Card”.

Card recovery programs will recover these files in most cases but some photos may be missing parts of the image as the software can’t always reassemble all the relevant segments.

The same defragmentation happens with the hard drive on a PC but this is fixed by running the Disk Defragmenter program that came with our PC to rearrange the files back to a contiguous (sequential) state. However using the same software to defrag a memory card is not recommended.

To “defrag” memory cards, burn all the photos you want to keep to a hard drive then FORMAT the card in-camera using the format option in the camera’s setup (or playback) menu. This function erases all the information on the card, and resets the electronic controller, or brain, on the card.


If you’ve accidentally deleted images or experienced problems with
your memory card, don’t panic! Stop using the card and bring it to Snapshot!

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