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If I swallowed my SD Card would it be readable when it emerged?

I am entirely serious. As I walked conspicuously down a narrow alley this morning with my camera hanging off my shoulder I began considering how I would/could respond to a bit of rough treatment by ...
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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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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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What causes an SD card to go corrupt?

One of my cheap SD cards goes corrupt from time to time and the camera demands it needs to be reformatted. It's frustrating, but I want to know what might be the reason that makes it go corrupt and ...
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What's the difference between CF and SD cards?

What's the difference? Why do professional cameras support CF but amateur models don't? Both are flash based, both support FAT filesystems — what's the difference?
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How to recover footage from a bent SD card?

I have an SD card that was left in a MacBook Pro and subsequently bent directly across the lining of where the SD card sticks out from the SD card slot. The card is not detected by computer or camera, ...
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Is a card reader faster than connecting camera via USB?

I've heard that compact flash readers allow your computer to much faster read the photos off the camera, than when you connect your camera over USB. Is that true? What about other card formats, like ...
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Why don't cameras support journaled filesystems?

like NTFS, HFS+ or ext4, for SD cards? After all, journaling decreases the chance of data loss, which would be important for photographers. I lost an SD card containing maybe a thousand photos when in ...
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Would Wi-Fi enabled SD cards affect battery performance?

There's an ongoing craze for Wi-Fi enabled SD cards. The concept is clear and impressive, but I would like expert opinions or experiences with these SD cards. Currently there are only a few ...
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What are the .LRV files on the gopro sdcard?

I delete the .THM and .LRV files along with the MISC folder but what are they actually good for? THM is for thumbnails on the LCD so that is clear, and the rest?
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What is the right way to format a SD Card for use in camera?

What is the right way to format a SD card to be used for pictures? Inside the camera or SD card software? According to SD card spec, there is a protected area on the card that can be over-written ...
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Is there any reason to choose a standard size SDXC over Micro SDXC?

Stores offer both micro SDXC and standard size SDXC cards. The micro cards come with standard size adapters. If the specs are otherwise absolutely identical, e.g.: SanDisk Extreme UHS-I/U3 Micro ...
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SD Card speed degrading and doesn't work on one of my cameras: can I do something?

I have a SanDisk SD Card 64gb UHS 3, 3 years old. From someday, it became unusable on a Panasonic Lx100 — but it works right on my other camera (a Pentax K-70). On the LX10, I get an error: "Error ...
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Will using a micro SD & adapter instead of a normal SD card affect the quality of pictures and video?

I've just bought a 32GB Class 4 SD card from a seller on eBay and he has sent me a micro SD card of the same size and speed instead. Obviously I'm not too happy about this but we are going to Disney ...
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Are these blotches of wrong color caused by a corrupt SD card?

My old camera was taking images that had blotches of the wrong colors when zoomed in, and I take a lot of macro pictures. I bought a new camera and put my old sd card into it and now it's doing the ...
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How do you unlock a memory card?

When I try to delete images from my SD card, I get a message saying "Memory card is locked. Slide lock to "write position." Where is this lock?
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Why do people recommend copying the entire Canon SD card folder structure?

When I insert my SD card into my laptop after shooting photos and videos, two folders show up: DCIM and MISC. I have heard people say you need to copy everything over when transferring, but the MISC ...
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Why are CF cards so much more expensive than SD cards?

I have noticed that two cards -one CF and one SD - from the same manufacturer, with the same specifications have a significant difference in cost. The CF card costs several times more than the SD card....
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Are there any disadvantages to using a microSD card with an adapter as opposed to a SD card?

... for the purpose of being able to show the pictures just taken on a tablet, which takes microSD cards? Are there any disadvantages to this approach one should be aware of?
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How many SDHC card insertions/ejections does an average camera slot withstand?

The camera is used for a sort of technical shooting (to take a few pictures of a product and send them via e-mail immediately). This way it might udergo for about ~500 insertions/ejections of cards in ...
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How to upload multiple CF/SD cards fast?

What tools are available out there (hardware and software) to upload CF (and SD) cards fast? I am looking for a unit that can take multiple at a time. After shooting a Wedding, for example, you are ...
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Best 32GB SD card for GoPro's HD HERO2?

I want to purchase the best SD card I can get for the new GoPro HD HERO2. On GoPro's website they sell a class 10 32GB Sandisk card, but is there a faster one I can get? I was looking at these two, ...
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How to make backups of RAW files from a DSLR without a computer?

I want to make backups of RAW files from my SD card during my travel. I do not want to carry a computer, a rotating hard drive, or an Android phone. I do have an SSD of 500gb with me. One idea was to ...
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Does the brand of the micro SD adapter matter?

For some reason (I'm unaware of what, but I'd love it if you can include this in your answer as a bonus), SD cards are considerably more expensive in my area than micro SD cards. According to this ...
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Why is my DSLR taking duplicate pictures?

My Nikon d7000 is making an exact duplicate of each picture taken. I have 2 of every picture on my sd card. How do I stop this?
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Is it better, for durability, to remove card+battery or to connect to charger via USB-C?

I have a Canon camera that has USB-C port supporting both connection to computer and charging. Furthermore, the SD card and battery are removable and can be used externally. Which is a better ...
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Confused about Speeds in SD Card Specs

I'm looking at buying some SD cards and am having some difficulty with the quoted speeds. For example, take this card: It has a V30 video speed class, a C10 speed class, UHS 3 speed class and 95MB/s. ...
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Can I get faster and cheaper results by buying the Sandisk Extreme, not the newer Pro?

I have the relatively new Nikon D3100. But as far as I can tell, it doesn't support the new UHS-1 transfer standard that the ($75/16GB) Sandisk Extreme Pro uses to get its 45MB/s rate. In fact, I've ...
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Can a firmware upgrade enable a camera to use SDXC memory cards?

Is it possible for a firmware upgrade to a camera (a Leica M9) to enable it to accept SDXC memory cards above the 32GB limit of SDHC, or is this change from SDHC to SDXC actually something which would ...
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What can I do when my Nikon D5200 gives an SD card error with every card?

My D5200 has developed a problem, every time I turn it on I get the error message "This memory card cannot be used. Card may be damaged Insert another card." I have tried multiple memory cards in the ...
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How to view/erase images from both CF and SD cards on Canon EOS 5D mk3?

I've been trying to setup my Canon EOS 5D mk3 to shoot in "backup mode". I have two cards: 32GB CF 8GB SD I've set it like the following: SET UP1 menu ------------ Record func.: Rec. ...
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How do I use a card formatted as exfat by my Canon 6D in Linux?

I hope it's not too OS specific/non-photography techy for this forum but I wonder if other 6D users have this problem and I just want to get my workflow improved: I formatted a fresh Sandisk Extreme ...
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Why do my SD cards stop working in my PC (although they remain working in my camera)?

I'll leave it up to you to decide if this is sufficiently on-topic. It does relate to SD cards used in photography specifically. My Nikon D7000 does something funny to my SD cards and I can't figure ...
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Can I ask Lightroom to delete copied photos from the SD card?

I have a 32GB SD card, and I find that I run out of space on the card sooner than I'd like. Can I get Lightroom to delete the photos from the SD card after they have been copied to the Mac? Not just ...
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What is more intensive for the SDHC card- hd movie recording or shooting burst mode in RAW?

I am looking to get a second SD card to fill both slots in my d7000. The card I have now is a remnant from my canon point and shoot that I am using in my d7000 now. I have yet to try movie mode. And ...
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Is there any engineering proof to which type of memory card is more reliable

Between a SD card and a Compact Flash card for using in camera, which I write RAW images of 40 mega byes on it, sometimes in burst mode and never for video, Is there any technical reason to favor SD ...
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How do I shorten the “loading” of photos on the card?

When I plug in my camera through USB to read its card, it can take a while to load all the photos. I was wondering if and how I can reduce this loading time? Do I need a better/faster SD card or are ...
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SD card can no longer be read by PC but works fine in the camera, can I fix this?

A few weeks ago I was going to download the pictures from an SD card and I noticed the lock mechanism had become stuck in the middle, so I went to push it back to unlocked and the card peeled apart ...
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Why does a DSLR stop shooting continuously after a few seconds?

In continuous shooting, all cameras I used shoot for a few seconds, then stop. For example, a Nikon D7000 with a 200x (30 MB/s) single SD card makes ten RAW photos (approx. 19 MB each), six shots per ...
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How long can an SD card last in salt water?

I dropped my camera in the ocean (Don't care about the camera and shame on me). I'm trying to get a scuba diver now. It's been in there for 24 hours, as of this post.
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D7000 Phantom Card Error

I've just signed up in the hope someone can help with my issue. I must have bought a couple of dodgy SD cards once, since one of them started to break apart (inside my second SD slot). Anyway, I ...
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Deleting pictures from both cards at the same time on D750

After having a corrupt SD card ruin a bunch of shots for me a few weeks back, I got a D750 and configured it to save my shots to both SD cards. The only annoying part of this is that when I delete ...
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How to update the A-GPS file on Nikon 5300?

I want to update my Nikon 5300's A-GPS file. At http://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/download/fw/111.html I clicked "Nikon 5300", accepted the license, and pressed "Download", which downloaded a ...
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Choosing the size of SD card for a Canon 550D?

Recently I bought a Canon EOS 550D (T2i), and I need to buy an SD card of speed class 10. What size should I get? Is there some limit in terms of camera support? Should I go for 8, 16, 32, 64GB, or ...
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SD Card disapears after a while

I have the Problem, that my SD card disappears when I use my Nikon for a while. This means that it suddenly show me a [-E-] instead of the Number of remaining Photos to make. I don't know if it is a ...
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Nikon d5100 memory card capacity for NEF+JPEG(fine)

I just bought my first dslr (Nikon D5100) and I'm looking for an sd card to go with it. I would rather have just one card so I thought about 64GB SanDisk Extreme (45MB/s), however I don't know if I ...
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Deleting images from a card - bad practice? [duplicate]

I stumbled across this article today which said: It’s bad practice to delete images from your SD cards since it can lead to corrupted data. Instead, you want to format (or re-format) your cards ...
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Does a micro SD–to–SD card adapter affect the write speed of micro SD cards?

I am using a micro SD card, with an SD card adapter, in my Canon EOS 550D. I do this so that I can insert the card into my phone to view my photos and videos. While taking videos with my Canon, video ...
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The Optimal SD Card for the Nikon D7000

In my quest for new equipment I have now reached SD cards. Now I know the Nikon D7000 supports UHS-1 (1) , but what is the performance gain? How many MB/sec does it support? I don't want to buy a ...
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Canon 60d is not recording photos to my sd card

My Canon 60d is not recording photos to my sd card.There is 1 CTG file that doesn't open. I formatted the SD card. I have tried to shoot in RAW and JPEG.Help me! Help Me please!