How often do you replace your SD cards?

Started Mar 10, 2018 | Discussions thread
IR1234 Senior Member • Posts: 1,374
Re: Yearly
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mamallama wrote:

IR1234 wrote:

Company policy as of last year is that all cards are given one year and disposed of.

But to put that in perspective we are putting over a million shots each summer into our library, which is aproximates 4 cards per summer. They seem to break down at between 500k and 1m. We didnt even get to the end of last summer before we ordered in 4 new cards to have the last two weeks of work worry free. (2xCf, 2xSd).

Got an old cf here from the 2016 season, last weekend it failed, corrupted images. In the bin it goes. Thought I might get away from my 1 year rule. Nope.

Interesting rule. Is it based on anything?

Based on experience.

It can be straight up corruption of an image(s), or the card starts to behave differently. For instance, a card might start download images in a random order - experience says that is never a good sign. Or the card and camera are fighting during the day, usually a write that suddenly takes longer than expected. Just little things. But it's always just before you start seeing corrupted images. And many of the errors are intermittent, so you can test the card on a machine, and it's testing perfect. A day later in the camera and it's not happy about something.

But the problem is that it starts to become unsettling to use a card that you're losing faith in. It's much easier to toss it in the trash and replace with a new one.

We're going one step further and just binning the cards at the end of the year and buying new.

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