When Good Camera Cards Go Bad

Protecting Your Images from Corruption
Camera cards are trusted to hold and protect our precious photos but, in order to do this well, we need to do a few things to make sure they can do their job.

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Impatience Incorporates Errors: Your digital camera media can be corrupted if the camera is turned off before the image is finished being written to the card. A similar error can occur when a camera card is removed from the camera or from a computer’s media drive before the data has finished writing. Make sure that the ‘read’ light is no longer flashing on your media drive and select the ‘Safely Eject Media’ option on your toolbar. You may then safely eject the card when prompted.

Dead Batteries Can Corrupt: If your digital camera ‘dies’ due to exhausted battery power, you can corrupt your digital camera card and possibly damage the card and the images stored on it. If the flashing red light is signaling that you are about to lose battery power, play it safe and power down. It’s better to protect the images you already have rather than continuing to push for one more shot, which could cost you everything on the card.


Keep Them Covered: It’s amazing how poorly we treat our digital media sometimes. We keep cards in our jacket or pants pockets, in our handbags, briefcases or in drawers, leaving them to be jostled and in contact with dust and other contaminants. It doesn’t take but a second to store your card soundly. Consider our selection of inexpensive quality card case options including anti-static and waterproof designs.

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