Memory Card Purchase & 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.
However Memory cards employed in surveillance cameras or
that are being recorded on constantly and "looping" over
wear out. A non high endurance card will
typically start to fail around one year when subject to 5-10
hrs of daily recording.
It is recommended to always use a class 10 memory card in a
Always purchase a memory card from a reliable source.
of all memory cards sold on-line are fake or counterfeit and
can cause havoc in your camera causing it to suddenly stop
recording or causing files to be lost or corrupted.
buy memory cards on E-bay, Dhgate, AliExpres, Alibaba or any
third party that ships DIRECTLY FROM CHINA.
Memory cards on Amazon shipped directly or from reliable
third party vendors are generally safe.
Wal*Mart, BestBuy and other reputable retailers are
also typically safe
High endurance memory cards will typically have twice the
life span of regular memory cards.
NOTE: A recording device will indicate what size memory
cards can be used.
Most dash cameras require a minimum 8GB card although some
will operate on a 4GB.
Always take note of the maximum size it will accept.
A dash camera indicating it will accept 8GB – 32GB
will NOT run on a 64GB card.
Here follows some tips of how to take care of your memory
Make sure you are inserting the memory card
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.
Once installed it is
always important to format the memory card on the unit.
All dash cameras will have this option in the menu
will adapt the memory card to the specific unit. Failure
to do this could cause problems with the memory card.
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"
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
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.
When used in a dash camera or other recording device that is
constantly creating new files, saving files and “looping”
any memory card can “jam” causing the camera to stop
Therefore it is recommended to occasionally format the card
at least once a month.
Always 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 because
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
• 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.
• When editing your digital images ensure that you have
moved the images from the memory card to the computer first.