Most often than not, people spend a lot of time thinking and deliberating on the type of gadget to buy, the quality, the specifications, and so on while not really being bothered about the care for the SD card and the contents that will be stored on it. Although it is absolutely important and essential to care about the gadget that will be housing the SD card, it is equally important to care about the files that will be stored on the SD card. Having less care for the SD card can result in the loss of important files and documents.
How to Take Care of Your SD Cards?
SD cards can be used on different types of devices, and also to store different types of files – such as: In cameras to store images and videos; In phones and computers to store media files, applications, documents, and so on. To prevent the SD card from getting corrupt/ damaged resulting in loss of data, here a few ways to take care of your SD Card:
Keep your SD card safe
When using devices that require frequent removal of the card from the device (e.g. camera,) always ensure to protect the card by keeping it safe from debris and dust.
Make use of SD card reader
To avoid loss of data or risk of card getting corrupt, always use a card reader when trying to transfer files from the camera to the computer. This is because there could be a chance of the camera’s battery dying off during transfer hence potentially corrupting the card. Therefore, if you must transfer the file from the camera directly to the laptop, ensure the battery of the camera is fully charged.
Replace your SD card
Every other device, SD cards wear out too at some point. Once you notice a card is misbehaving, consider replacing it, especially if it has been in use for a long time.
Reformat your card frequently
Once you reinsert your memory card on your device after each upload to a computer, endeavor to always format the card on the device.
Have designated cards
For users of multiple cameras, label your SD cards such that each camera is assigned to a specific SD card, to avoid mix-ups and card switching without reformatting.
Purchase cards with fast write/read speed
Cards with slow write/read speed can affect the performance of your device, especially for cameras. Lagging SD cards can affect the results of fast bursts shots and videos in cameras, and also create a delay when transferring files to and from the computer.
What to do if your SD gets corrupt?
SD cards are sometimes fragile when not properly handled, and one can lose important files when a card stops working. In the event of accidental deletion of files from the SD card or the card stopped working, here a few ways to attempt SD card data recovery on your files:
In case of a corrupt SD card:
- First, connect the card to another device. This is to check whether the problem is not with the card, but with the current device.
- For the windows system, use the “chkdsk” command to initiate SD memory card recovery. Run a chkdsk D: /f /x /r command prompt. Replace D* with the drive letter of the SD card.
- As a last resort, format the SD card.
In case of accidental deletion of files:
- Use any reliable file recovery software. Although there are no guarantees that you’ll get all your files back intact, there is a big chance that you might just get enough.
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