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The storage media used by digital cameras. Currently the most common memory card formats are Compact Flash (CF) and Secure Digital (SD)

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How can I recover photo files from a memory card with a corrupt filesystem?

I know this is not specifically a photography issue but since many of us with prosumer/professional-level DLSRs use Compact Flash cards, it is bound to happen to others as well. I have a Sandisk 16GB ...
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What file system are memory cards formatted with?

Is there an industry standard file system cards are formatted with (when you first get them, and/or after a camera formats them)? FAT32, FAT16?
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The right way to delete all photos from a camera

What is the most correct way to delete all photos from a camera after they all have been copied to a computer: to format memory card using the camera menu, or simply Select All and Delete photo ...
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How often should memory cards be formatted?

Should memory cards in DSLRs be formatted every so often? If so, how often? I hear that after emptying the card out (transferring images to a computer), that it's a good time to format it to help ...
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Is it better to have one large memory card or several smaller ones?

I don't think anyone can give a definitive answer, but what are the factors I should consider? What are the pros and cons? I'm thinking: What are the costs? the risks? How is usability affected? ...
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Why don't professional SLR cameras use SD or SDHC memory?

Entry level dSLR's, for the most part, are using less expensive SD and SDHC memory cards, So, why do pro-sumer and professional cameras (for the most part) use only Compact Flash (CF) memory? Is it ...
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How can I recover deleted photos from an SD Card?

My technophobe mother returned from a European trip to discover she'd erased all but 15 images from a nearly full 2GB card. As I am the computer guy in the family, she posted the card to me and asked ...
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How can I backup my RAW photos while travelling without Internet access?

This question seems similar to this one, but my needs are different : I shoot in RAW exclusively I'm looking for a 100% offline solution: while traveling, Internet won't be accessible the "laptop" ...
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What does the X mean in memory specs?

I see memory cards and they claim 60x or 100x or 300x, where I assume 'X' means times. Times what? I'm assuming it has something to do with transfer speeds. Is it only on 'reading', ie, going from ...
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What SD(HC) memory card should I be using for my DSLR camera?

What is the optimal size? Are certain brands better? What speed rating is preferred? Any other things to keep in mind? Specifically, I am using a Canon t2i.
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How can I know what speed card to get for my camera?

Cameras rarely specify exactly what speed cards you should be using in them - I just checked the manual for my DSLR, and all it says is to use an SDHD card, and a "high speed" card should be used for ...