Today’s post by David Zimmerman, LC Technology International
- Take your time. When you snap the shutter to take a photo, the camera needs some time to properly write and organize the image file. Wait a minute after taking shots to remove or access the memory card to be sure you don’t cause file errors or formatting problems for the entire card.
- Give your card a partner. You should have one dedicated memory card for your camera. Every device has a unique numbering and formatting procedure, so you want to avoid corruption problems that can come with mixing cards. Using one card also helps you avoid accidental deletions or losing the card as you move it from place to place.
- Don’t get them wet. Similar to the infamous “Gremlins” from the movie, you don’t want to get your SD cards wet or to feed them. Keep liquids and food away that can ruin the gold-plated contact points and the inner workings of the cards. You want to be careful when making pictures in rainy weather and avoid transferring files while sipping on your morning coffee.
- Watch battery power. Avoid taking pictures while on low battery, because this might cause errors in how files are written to the card. It takes power to run all of the camera’s processes, so don’t risk a problem. Use a spare battery to ensure you aren’t caught facing that perfect shot and then see the dreaded “red battery” signal.
- Watch deleting and formatting. SD cards hold a tremendous amount of photo and video files, so you shouldn’t be deleting pictures manually in order to free up card space. Some devices use a destructive form of deletion, which can overwrite the entire picture’s data, making it impossible to recover. Leave the deletions and formatting actions to your computer’s photo management software, so you avoid file corruptions or accidental deletions.
- Use a card reader. Looking for an easy to use, reliable, and cost-effective device to help you manage your digital photos? You need a card reader, a plug-and-play device that enables fast file transfers from your SD card to your computer. Available for less than $20, these products are convenient and avoid any “low battery” issues.
David Zimmerman has been in the hardware/software industry for more than 30 years and the data recovery software market for 18 years. During this time, he has been involved in the creation; marketing and support of the earlier drive recovery software products to enter the computer market and successfully marketed them nationally and internationally. This experience has made him uniquely familiar with the data recovery business. LC Technology International, Inc makes data recovery products for most of his competitors.