I am often asked about how to look after a camera card so that it will last and not give any problems. Well a few simple ideas will help your camera card last as long, or longer than your camera.
1 – Very simple buy a good quality camera card to start with. Sandisk, Kingston, Lexar are three of the better card manufacturers out there. The only time that I have seen problems with new cards is when people have bought cheap no name cards.
2- Format, format and format. When you buy a new card – format it before use. After taking the files off the card and saving to your computer, format the card. When using in different cameras format the card. This will save a lot of problems and help your card, and the file system, to stay clean and run great.
3 – Use the card with your computers and only your computers. If you want to take images to a friends, or to some place to have the images printed (of course that would be bringing them to us 🙂 ) us a USB stick. I hear a lot of horror stories about people taking their camera card in to get prints and the card gets corrupted or ruined – this is another reason why you should never keep pictures on your card – once corrupted many times the images are gone forever.
4 – Don’t let your dog chew on the card or drive over it in your truck (enough said and yes this happens).
With a little forethought your camera card should last you a long time and take many thousands of pictures without any problem.