How to improve the lifetime of memory cards in mobile phones/digital cameras?

Mobile phones and digital cameras are indispensable items in the digital life of every person or family.Memory cards are the lifeline of camera mobiles and digital cameras for storing those all important photographs. Here are a few tips to improve the lifetime of memory cards.

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Delete images all at once

Delete or erase images all at once, after uploading them to your PC.This will reduce the number of erase cycles, and thereby improve the lifetime of the memory cards. Note that there will be one erase cycle, irrespective of whether you delete one or multiple images.

Remove the hardware safely

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When your camera mobile phone or digital camera is connected to your PC, make sure that you remove the hardware using the “Safely Remove Hardware” option in your system tray. Otherwise, there is more likelihood of your memory card getting damaged.You may even loose the data stored in it.

Delete or erase images before the memory card gets full

It is always better to regularly remove the images from your memory cards and store them on your computer or burn them to a CD, rather than waiting for the memory cards to get full.There is more likelihood of the memory card to malfunction, if you fully load the cards with images.

Reformat memory cards at regular intervals

Most of you might be aware of the importance of de-fragmenting your PC at regular intervals. Memory cards also need reformatting at regular intervals to keep them in optimal condition.Reformatting the memory card will delete images, file names and other data on the card and will set it up fresh.The frequency of such re-formats depend on your usage pattern.If you use your camera frequently, you should consider reformatting the memory card at least once a week. If this isn’t possible, reformatting the memory card at least once a month would be advisable. Ideally, reformat your cards every time you download all your images to your computer. It is also recommended to format the memory card in your digital camera or mobile phone, rather than others. In cases when you do reformat your cards on another camera or mobile, make sure you reformat it again on yours after taking a back up of all the images.

Remove the memory Card after turning off the power

It is always best to switch off your mobile phone or digital camera before removing the memory card to either replace it with another one or to use it on a card reader to download the images.

Update the software as and when needed

Manufacturers fix several bugs along the way and are always fine tuning their software. It is very important to keep track of those software updates.This is vital to keep your mobile phone or digital camera up to date with any fixes for errors or problems that are identified, as some of these may be related to your memory card as well.

Keep Your Batteries in optimum Condition

Do not let your battery to drain down as it could result in memory card errors. This usually happens when an image is not fully written to a memory card. So recharge the battery regularly or change them over for a fresh set before they completely run down.

Do not switch Off the camera or mobile phone too soon after the shoot

When you’re taking pictures at a constant clip, especially when using the “burst” or “continuous shooting” mode, make sure that you don’t switch off your camera or mobile too soon after the shoot, because you could lose your images and even find a system error. Cameras need time to write all the data to the memory card. If you’ve taken numerous images very quickly, your camera will be buffering those images and that requires some time. Some high-end cameras continue to buffer even after they are switched off, but that’s not the case for every camera.

Ensure that you store your memory cards properly

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If you are not using your memory cards for a long period of time, it’s best to store them in a plastic casing to give that extra layer of protection. Also, make sure you keep your memory cards away from liquids and extreme temperatures. You should also ensure that you do not expose them to electromagnetic currents as well.

Did you enjoy the above tips to improve the lifetime of memory cards? Do share any other tips you know here.

6 comments on “How to improve the lifetime of memory cards in mobile phones/digital cameras?

  1. Cool tips man! I never thought of keeping my battery charged all the time. I use my phone until it doesn’t starts shouting ‘Low Battery’ 😛

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  2. Excellent tips for Memory card usage. Regarding reformatting, in one website I have read “Do not format memory card regularly, it reduces life”. I’m not sure if this is true.

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  3. Nice tips there..however reformating memory cards to often is not recommended instead defragment it which works in memory cards too.

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  4. @Nirmal & Shashank,

    Thanks buddies…Reformatting is better than deleting images…

  5. Remove the hardware safely:
    that one truely happens 🙂

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