How to Restore a Used Camera Flash

A used camera flash card is not something that you will need to throw away. Many people automatically assume that whenever they get a new camera they have to get a new camera flash card. You will find that there are several different things that you can do to restore it and make it like new again. Doing this will help you to be able to save some money and get as much use as possible out of your used camera flash card.

Materials Needed

  • Camera
  • Used Camera Flash Card
  • Owner's Manual
  • Scotch Tape

Step 1 - New Camera or New Card

It is important that you know if the camera is new or if it is the flash card that is new. A lot of the time people will purchase a new card for an old camera. If this is the case, then the problem could be simply that your card is not compatible with your old camera. Simply return it for one that is. Make sure that you are always aware of the card that is needed to go with your camera. This will help you to save a few trips to the store and not have to worry about any strict return policies.

Step 2 - Format in Camera

If the card is older, then you will need to be sure that you have formatted it in the actual camera. Over time, it could become corrupted whenever many files were added and deleted to your camera's files. Whenever you format the card you will need to be made aware of the fact that it will erase all of the information that is on the card. In order to format your camera you will need to go through the owner's manual, as this is something that varies from camera to camera. It is important that you make sure that you have done this not long after you have put the old card in with the new camera. You will need to be prepared to lose everything, so it is highly recommended that you make sure that everything is saved before you do this. The sooner that you format your card to the camera, the less chance you will have of any issues down the road.

Step 3 - Locking Tab

If the old camera flash card happens to have a broken locking tab, then this is something that is not unfixable. You will find that with just a small piece of tape that the locking tab is able to be placed in the unlock position and taped into place. This is something that will actually hold with just regular scotch tape. Just make sure that you do not use too much tape, as it will prevent the card from fitting back into the camera. Simply use one layer of tape to keep the lock tab pushed in the unlock position. You will find that not much at all is needed and it is a quick, cheap and easy fix.

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