5 Tips for Extending My Flash Memory Card Life


Memory cards are an essential part of life for many of us today: whether they hold all of our beloved pictures taken on our digital camera or our phone, we want them to stay in top condition, to ensure our data stays safe.

At eProvided, we know how frustrating it can be when storage devices fail, but if you have no back-up copies, it can be much worse – you feel absolutely devastated. We specialise in recovering data from various devices, helping you get your beloved pictures back using the latest and most innovative techniques.

However, prevention is better than cure, so what can you do to help keep your memory card stay at its best? Read on for our five top tips.

Photo camera and memory card


1: Avoid Deleting Pictures Directly on your Camera

Try to resist deleting images directly on your camera – believe it or not, this can actually reduce your memory card’s life. Generally, the fewer times you create or delete data on your card, the better it will continue to perform: getting rid of your pictures in one go, after adding them to your computer, allows you to delete them without affecting your card’s lifespan.


2: Turn the Camera Off while Removing/Inserting Memory Cards

This is easily done: you want to take your flash memory card out of your camera, or put it back in, and you forget to switch it off first. If your camera is accessing the data on your card as you remove it, however, this can cause read/write errors – and potentially harm your card.

Also, avoid removing the memory card while formatting it, as this is sure to cause damage; you should be able to know whether or not your card is being accessed by a green or red light on the camera.


3: Ensure Clean Storage

When storing your memory card, make sure you use the protective case it was packaged with – never leave it out loose, where dust can amass on it, which can affect its lifespan and performance. But what if it already has dust or dirt on it? Use a soft cloth to wipe it clean before you put it into the camera, and avoid using solvents. If you’re using your camera on the beach, make sure no sand gets near the card or the camera’s internal components, too – this can be as harmful as dirt & dust.


4: Format your Memory Card Regularly

While you might think deleting pictures from your memory card via your computer empties the card, this may still leave data (such as file names) behind. Instead, format your card in the camera (or other device) you intend to use it with – this eliminates all data, and reduces the risk of potential errors leading to data loss. This is a great way to help your card stay clean and healthy, ready for fresh use again and again.


5: Take your Card out of your Computer Sooner, Not Later

When transferring images from your memory card onto your computer, it can be easy to absent-mindedly leave it in afterwards. Generally, most cards tend to offer between 10,000 and 100,000 write/erase cycles, and even though you may not be using the card on your computer, it will continue to access it, contributing to that total. To ensure a longer life for your memory card, remove it from your computer as soon as you’ve finished transferring data, and then format it in your camera.

At eProvided, we’re dedicated to helping people just like you keep the data that matters so much: devices hold huge amounts of our lives nowadays that the slightest hiccup can lead to great upset – especially if you lose your favourite images or vital documents. We hope these tips help you get the most out of your memory cards, but if you ever have any problems, give us a call on 1 – 866 – 857 – 5950 (toll free)!