5 Tips for Avoiding Memory Card Problems

Anyone using a digital camera will probably experience memory card problems at one point or another. These memory card problems are caused by a variety of different factors. By finding out exactly what these are it should be possible to avoid various memory card problems and make using a digital camera much more reliable.

1. Formatting

Whenever you buy a new memory card most people will pop it into their camera and start shooting straight away. However, this could lead to errors if the card is in a format that the camera cannot use properly. Format the card using your camera before you start to use it to ensure that it's in the right format. Whenever you format the card in the future you should also use the camera.

Instead of deleting all of the photos from the card you should format the card every time. Formatting will help to correct any errors in the file system of the memory card which were caused last time the card was used.

2. Storage

Memory cards are normally small nondescript pieces of plastic. This can make some people believe that they are indestructible. However, memory cards can be damaged very easily if they are not stored correctly. Keep the cards somewhere safe and well out of harm's way. Memory cards should not be allowed to get wet because this can cause lots of damage to the card.

Store them in the hard plastic cases that the cards came with. These will prevent dust collecting on the contacts of the memory card which could result in read / write errors.

3. Having Backups

The biggest readily available memory card is currently 32GB, it can seem like a good idea to buy the biggest card you can afford so that you can store lots of photos without needing to change cards. However, if that one memory card breaks then you will end up loosing all of your files and also needing to invest in another card. Using multiple smaller cards will safeguard your photographs and also make sure that you still have memory cards that you can use.

4. Don't Fill Cards

As you might have noticed, every digital photo is a different size once it is saved to the memory card. This means that when your camera tells you that you have x shots remaining this is nothing more than an estimate. It's normally fairly accurate but if it does make a mistake then it can result in lost photos. Always leave a few shots at the end without any photos in them to protect the contents of the card.

5. Choosing High Quality Cards

Memory cards can be brought from many different places with most stores having their own brand. However, you should buy reliable memory cards that you can trust, stick to well known brands such as SanDisk. Also be careful to avoid cheap fake imports from the Far East which are easy to stumble across on Internet auction sites. These cheaper brands of card often have a habit of misplacing your precious photos.

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