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Memory Card Handling Guide

             

 

Memory cards are not indestructible. With proper care you can protect your memory cards, extend their life and maximize their performance.

 

It is also important to know that memory cards although can last a very long time they will eventually fail. A memory card stored in a digital camera and only used to take pictures or videos on special occasions could last seemingly forever.

 

Class 10 Memory cards should be used in surveillance cameras or dash cameras that are being recorded on constantly and "looping" over. Using a class 4 or class 6 will cause "skipping", failure to save files and will frequently stop the recording.  Additionally memory cards utilized in these types of cameras will eventually wear out. A non high endurance card will typically start to fail around one year when subject to 5-10 hrs of daily recording.

 

High endurance memory cards will typically have twice the life span of regular memory cards.

 

 

Here follows some tips of how to take care of your memory cards:

 

Make sure you are inserting the memory card correctly into the slot. GENTLY push it in. If there is any resistance it is likely you are inserting it backwards. Do not force a memory card into the slot. It will only go in one way and should slide into the slot easily. Using your thumb nail to push it beyond the flat surface of the slot opening you will sense a "click", confirming it is properly seated.  To remove it, depress the edge of the card with your thumb nail and it will be released and pop out.  Be careful removing the card as the card slot is spring loaded and the card could "fly" out and "disappear" somewhere.

 

 

Turn of the host device before removing the memory card and most importantly NEVER REMOVE A MEMORY CARD WHILE A CAMERA IS STILL RECORDING AS IT WILL LIKELY CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE AND RENDER THE CARD DEFECTIVE. 

 

The latter especially relates to dash cameras that are in a constant state of recording when the power is on. Always wait until the dash camera is completely shut off before removing the memory card.

 

• Do not bend scratch or drop a memory card. Tiny invisible scratches could render it defective.

 

• Always format a new memory card in the electronic device before recording on it. Always re-format the memory card each time after downloading your files on your PC. This will help you to clear all the old files that may be corrupted.

 

Before formatting the card check if you want to save any of the files to your hard drive on your computer.

Be cognizant that formatting your memory card will erase ALL the files on it.

 

• Keep your memory cards away from extreme temperatures, high humidity and direct sunlight. Try also to keep your memory cards in the plastic case that comes with when buying the card.

 

• Keep your memory card away from very large doses of radiation, static charges and magnetic fields. Be aware of the above when sending a memory card through the U.S. Postal Service, the risk can be eliminated by sending the memory card in a special type of package. Keep in mind that memory cards are safe from the X-ray equipment used in airports.

 

Wen editing your digital images ensure that you have moved the images from the memory card to the computer first.


Always buy your memory cards from a reputable source
.  Fake and counterfeit memory cards are now a problem affecting the industry. Cards rated at Class 10 are in reality Class 4 and capacities in the properties have been interpolated to show false storage. 4GB cards have been found to have less than 90MB capacity. 32GB cards have been found to have less than 4GB capacity. Every name brand has been affected by counterfeit cards being produced in China.

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