Flash Memory Cards with its high storage capacity, portability, and compatibility with digital cameras of any brand, makes them one of the most sought after data storage devices. However, the downside is that they are not immune to getting corrupt: there’s a fair chance that the memory cards can get corrupt irrespective of the brand, model, or size due to any possible reason. Therefore, as a digital photographer, it is necessary for you to ensure the safety of your Flash Memory.
Here are a few safety tips:
- Keep a backup of the photos – The first step that you should take is to create a backup of the photos that you have captured. This will help keep your photos safe against sudden or unexpected failure of your flash drive. You can either back up your data using an external hard disk or any other USB data storage device. You can also utilize an online backup service, or you can do both. Moreover, to be on a safer side, you can also back up your data on more than one data storage device and ensure that they are kept away from damage causing elements such as fire and water.
- Check Copies of the Photos before Deleting Original – The next safety tip is always to check the backup, or say copies of the photos wherever you kept them before deleting the pics from the flash memory cards. You should never delete images or format the flash memory cards unless you are assured that the photos have a backup. This is a preventive step that you should take as almost every image management programs installed on your computer allow you to delete photos from the memory card as soon as the transfer of photos is complete.
- Carry an Extra Flash Card – When you are travelling for photography, it is advised that you always carry a spare flash card, external hard drive, or any other storage media to use as a backup. The requirement of spare flash card arises if your flash card fails right at the time when you start capturing photos. In such a situation, you can use your extra card to capture and store the photos.
- Keep Your Flash Card Away From Virus-infected Systems – You should never insert your flash drive into a virus infected system (laptop) to transfer the photos. You should ensure that the laptop has an active anti-virus installed on it. This reason being, if you do so, you can end up logically damaging your flash card and losing the photos within it.
- Eject/Insert the Flash Cards in Camera Properly – Eject and insert the flash cards in camera and laptop in a proper manner. You should not be in a hurry but follow the proper way of ejecting and inserting of flash drives in both your camera and system.
- Keep Flash Cards Protected from Water and Fire – When you are travelling, the chances are that your flash cards may get exposed to water and fire, which may damage your photos ultimately. Thus, you must protect your memory cards from such disastrous elements.
- Handle Memory Cards with Care – You should handle your flash memory cards with extreme care. You should never carry uncased flash memory cards in your pocket. This is because the simple static buildup in your clothes can destroy the flash card, thus making it unreadable. There exist other dangers as well, such as your card can break and suffer physical damages if you do not handle them with care.
The Bottom Line
Now that you are well aware of the safety tips that you can adopt to keep your flash memory safe and secure, implement them so that you never have to face photo loss situations. These six helpful tips are considerably handy for photographers using digital cameras to capture photographs. Till then, Happy Clicking!!