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Downloading From Camera Cards


countrydi

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When downloading pictures off my camera cards, I normally take them out and either insert them into a card reader or straight into the slot in my computer. Depending on what I am working on, I may do this daily or a couple of times a week. My question is....how much does it hurt the card to keep taking it in and out of camera and computer or reader. I worry about it getting wore out or scratched before it should be. Should I just connect my camera to the computer and download without removing my card at all?

 

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I don't think physically taking the card in and out of the camera, card reader, or slot on your computer would hurt your cards. However, the cards can become corrupted with use and need to be reformatted in your camera periodically. I do it after every download, once those files have been backed up....that means every time. To get to the format card in my camera it is under the menus. Once you reformat, whatever information is on that card is gone forever so make sure you've backed everything up.

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And also make sure you actually "eject" your card before removing it from your computer. Don't just pull it out when you've moved your photos. You can either use your "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon if it shows up on your bottom tool bar, or you can go to "Devices and Printers" and click on the icon for your card and then select "Eject."

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