How to Avoid Flash Memory Data Loss

Incorporate safe handling procedures for flash memory cards into your digital workflow to avoid catastrophe.

One of the most devastating experiences a photographer can have is to lose great shots due to hard drive or media failure. Incorporate safe handling procedures for flash memory cards into your digital workflow to avoid catastrophe.

Photo Processing

  1.  Transfer your photos to second location (.e.g. hard drive, Internet storage, Optical drive, etc.) as soon as possible.
  2. Follow your camera’s instructions for inserting and removing the memory card.
  3. “Eject” the drive before removing the card when accessing on a computer, to ensure that all file operations on the card are completed properly.
  4. Backup the copied photos. It is a good idea to keep your backup at a different location than the permanent storage. Cloud storage solutions on the Internet offer a convenient way to achieve this goal.
  5. Verify the photos in the permanent storage location and backup.
  6. Reformat the flash memory card only after you have verified two other copies of the photos

Care and Maintenance

  1.  Use a case to protect cards from static buildup and breakage.
  2. Replace older flash cards. Cards begin to wear out after 1000 uses and can fail.
  3. Avoid extreme temperatures and humidity

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