How To Improve Memory Card Performance

Most phones, tablets and cameras come with a memory card slot (SD, MicroSD, xD, SDHC etc.) which allows for the storing of everything from music and pictures to videos and data files, but are you getting the kind of performance you should be getting from yours?

Here are four (4) tips to help you get the best performance from your memory cards:

  1. Always format the card in the device you’ll be using it in before you begin saving your files to it. This ensures that the file system on the card is the file system that your device works best with.
  2. For digital cameras, avoid switching cards between cameras without formatting the card first as this can lead to having the images previously saved on the card being corrupted, or may even cause the card to malfunction during shooting.
  3. Memory cards all have exposed gold-plated metallic contacts. Avoid touching the contacts as this can result in a reduction in its connectivity with the memory card slot of the device.  If you need to clean the contacts use a dry, lint-free cloth.
  4. Instead of using the Delete All option (especially on digital cameras) to get rid of your pics before another round of shooting, it is best to format the card in the camera. This will improve the performance/responsiveness of the card and ensure that no file fragments are left behind to hinder best performance.

Do you have any additional tips you’d like to share?  As always I’d love to hear from you so feel free to leave your thoughts or comments in the comment section below and if you found this article helpful or informative then be sure to subscribe to this website to be part of my fortnightly newsletter mailing list.

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Author: Jervis Dabreo

Jervis A. Dabreo (1979 - ) is a Grenadian author, blogger and high school teacher with a passion for technology and empowering others.

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