I am sure you wonder why cards get corrupted and become unreadable in the first place. Here are some of causes that are responsible for that:
– Virus infection
– Human error AKA turning your camera OFF while it still reads/writes data
– Ejecting the card while the camera is still turned ON
– Water/heat/fire/scratch AKA Physical damage
– Continuous shooting when the card/memory if full
– Browsing through photos while camera’s battery is low
– Battery/power failure
– Murphy Law AKA you simply get a bad card.
Even if you lose images, you may still be able to recover them. This site has a pretty good info on (free) photo recovery software. So, why did I end up using my old trusty large cards? The answer is – because my brand new 4GB card stopped writing data after only 43 pictures. That was quite annoying and I decided to trust my old cards that never let me down.
Backup! If you have a little bit of time, backup your images to a laptop or a portable storage device. I was planning to do this but I end up not having time to do it.
Next, I knew I need to handle my cards with a special care. That is why I purchased a secure holder (I cannot find the one I got) and kept it with me at all times. Giving your cards a proper protection is crucial. If you stash a card in your pocket thinking that that will save you a few moments, you are risking data loss. You should never put your card in a pocket or bag without a case (remember the physical damage?). I love my little case!
Finally, I formatted all my cards before I left the house and used them for a few shots to make sure they are empty and that they write data as they should. So, what did I learn from this experience? Just like a marathon is not the best time to try on new shoes, a wedding is not the time to try something new either. Trust your used equipment, handle it with care and everything will be just fine! : )
I hope you all had a great weekend! I had. Kind of. It was full of mathematical and economic problems I had to solve for homework.