SD cards are convenient, portable and extensively used in digital cameras to store photos and videos apart from storing various other data. With vast storage space for a nominal cost, SD cards are widely used by everyone these days. Just like any other device, SD cards also run into issues if not taken proper care.
Before we dig how to avoid any SD Card issues, Make sure you have bought the best functioning SD Card. Here's a post on things to look for before buying an SD Card.
Below are 9 tips for you to follow to avoid issues with your SD card and save your precious images, videos, other files and increase the lifespan of the SD Card.
1. Use A Superior Quality SD Card
‘You get what you pay for.’ So, if you want your treasured photos, videos other media files to be safe, buying a high-quality SD card make sense. When you have invested in a quality digital camera or other devices, shouldn’t think twice when investing in an SD Card. You might even want to invest in a good card reader as well. There are chances that it might damage your card!
2. Eject Your Card Safely from Computer
Follow proper instructions while removing a card from your computer after you have uploaded your photos and videos. If you're using Windows, use the option “Safely Remove Hardware” in the taskbar. If it is Mac, hit “Eject” by right-clicking the device allocated to your card and safely remove your card and card reader.
3. Delete Photos On Computer Not Directly from The Camera
Deleting photos on the camera is definitely a no-no for several reasons. First, you never know which is the best picture and which is not. You might end up deleting the wrong one and regret later. Deleting photos from your card means they are gone forever; you cannot retrieve them. Another reason is that the more you erase and write on the card, the more damage you do to it. The lifespan of the card also depends on how many times you delete and write. The best way to safeguard your card and data is to upload all the media file to your computer, scrutinize which pictures you want, take a backup and then delete the rest. This way even if you delete the wrong files, you can restore it from Recycle Bin.
4. Stop using the Camera before the memory is full
Always keep a tab on the memory of the card. Some cameras will display the number of pictures you can take before the card is full. Ignoring that number and filling your card full will might corrupt your card. I am sure you don’t want to take that risk. So, it’s always good to leave some free space on the card. If possible, use another card.
5. Stop Using the Camera Before the Memory Is Full
Ensure your camera is fully charged before you use SD card so that the battery doesn’t run down midway while writing an image on the card. Just like filling the memory card full, using a camera in a low battery will damage the photos. Having the battery sufficiently charged not only helps you saving the images but also stops card error that can happen when a file is not completely written on a card.
6. Format Your SD card in The Camera
Formatting your card in the camera will ensure that the card is arranged and set up according to the camera’s requirements. If the card is structured differently, that is using a card that was used in a camera of a different make, you may end up with reformatting issues on your camera. As formatting a card on camera will wipe out all its current data, make sure you take a backup all your files. If not, you can make use of a recovery software to restore data from formatted SD card .
7. Stop Using SD Card When You See an Error
While shooting or plugged into your computer, stop using the card that instance when you see an error message. You can search on the net, ask your friends or reach out to a camera tech support to understand and resolve the error. Ignoring the error messages will cost you with your important photos and videos.
8. Keep Your SD Card in A Safe Place
This is more of common sense than a tip. Keep your card in clean and dry place, just don’t dump it in a bag or your pocket. Store it in the casing when not in use. Exposing it any extreme temperatures, bending, dropping it or even exposing to static current can make your damaged and card unreadable.
9. Use Multiple Memory Cards (SD Cards)
Losing data can be heartbreaking. And I am sure everyone must have experienced it at least once. In this digital age, it is important to have not just one but multiple backups! You never know which device gives up when. Even your SD card has a lifespan; so take a backup (multiple backups) and always carry an additional SD card when you have shoot & store large media files.
SD cards have become part of our life. It stores all our precious memories, songs, videos and other personal data. Losing them may not be the end of the world, but definitely, heart crunching. Following these tips will certainly expand your SD card’s lifespan and making you less likely to run into SD card issues.
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