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Safety Tips for Protecting Digital Image Files - PPA Today

Safety Tips for Protecting Digital Image Files

ds_damagedsdcard.jpgWith the advent of digital photography and flash memory, a new set of potential data loss problems evolved. DriveSavers Data Recovery has assembled the following list of tips, which covers proper methods to handle flash memory cards and help prevent the potential loss of irreplaceable photographs.

  1. BACK UP YOUR IMAGES!- Protect yourself and your images by implementing a regular backup plan to guard against data loss when (not if) your computer's hard drive crashes or your camera's memory card fails.

  2. TRANSFER YOUR PHOTOS. - After a photo session, always copy the image files from the camera's flash memory to a computer's hard drive a soon as you can. We recommend that you do not delete images or reformat the memory card until all the photos are transferred and verified.

  3. AVOID CORRUPTION. - Take care when removing flash memory from a card reader. Avoid corrupting images by using the eject command on the computer before physically removing the card.

  4. MAKE MORE THAN ONE COPY. - Back up your backup. Whenever possible make at least two copies of critical files and keep a duplicate set offsite in a secure location.

  5. PROTECT YOUR CARDS. - Always use the original plastic case that your card came packaged in, when transporting it. Without the case, simple static buildup can zap the card and make it unreadable.

  6. DON'T STORE CARDS IN YOUR POCKET! - Although most flash memory cards are somewhat durable, it's best not to store them in your pocket. Cards can break in your pocket or worse--end up in the wash with your clothing.

  7. REPLACE YOUR FLASH MEMORY CARDS. - The life expectancy of flash media continues to grow, but the likelihood of a card "going bad" during a shoot is still a possibility. Take extra precaution and replace your heavily used camera cards every six months.

  8. AVOID EXTREME TEMPERATURES. - Extreme heat, cold and humidity can wreak havoc with digital equipment, especially flash memory. Whenever possible, protect your equipment from exposure by preparing in advance for expected climate conditions.

  9. DON'T READ A WET CARD. - If your flash memory card gets wet, do not try and read the files using a card reader. If the card is wet inside its plastic housing, you will likely short out the electronics, which can make the photos irretrievable.

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