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The 5 most common ways digital photos are lost during the summer holidays

Summer holidays

With the summer season quickly approaching, many of us are looking forward to spending time with our family and friends. These special times, which used to be captured on film, are now recorded digitally on a video recording device, camera or smartphone. Each has their own set of risks which we’ve discussed at length in the past, but today we will focus on the top causes of memory card disasters from digital camera users desperate to recover their memories.

1. Reformatting

Users often forget that reformatting a memory card will remove all the files stored on it including protected pictures and print orders. This data can only be retrieved by experts so think again before you reformat.

2. Overwriting

A common mistake is the accidental overwriting of images held on camera memory cards with new photos. It’s easily done so check, check and check again that you’ve successfully transferred your images onto your PC, laptop, external drive, CD or DVD before taking new pictures.

3. Cracked and damaged media

Packing memory cards into overstuffed suitcases can result in them becoming bent or damaged on the journey home, making them unreadable. Wrapping cards in clothes and placing them in the middle of your case offers some degree of protection in transit and helps ensure the safety of your pictures during your return trip.

4. Burnt media

Leaving memory cards in an elevated temperature environment – for example by leaving it under the sunlight at the beach – will increase the chances of failure. Heat is unlikely to cause damage to the digital photos on the memory card but may stop the card from being recognised in a card reader.

5. Holiday injuries

Digital cameras often get dropped in the sand or splashed with water around the pool, damaging smart media to the extent that photos can’t be viewed. Only an expert can recover digital images from smart media damaged in this way, so users should be careful to keep digital cameras in padded and watertight cases to keep them safe.

Could I be at risk?

Although most consumers now own a digital camera, about one-third of them do not back up their photographs. The danger is that they could lose once-in-a-lifetime memories if anything happens to the devices that store their images on.

The main thing to remember is the list above of memory card disasters highlights the need to protect smart media and alert you to the most common problems digital camera users experience so that you can prevent it from happening to your device.

Image credit: Dieter Schütz / pixelio.de

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