- Sep 13, 2007
- Northern VA suburb of Washington, DC
If you have a couple of different cameras, always format the memory card in each camera prior to using.
I agree. If I have two Nikon cameras, the cards are interchangeable with no issues. If I am moving between Nikon and Canon, for example, I trust that less and reformat. That said, I generally reformat each card when it goes into the camera as a matter of practice.My experience is that if two different camera models have the same sensor, formatting the card in either camera will work not only for that camera but also the other camera.
I did format it in camera, I never do it in computer (not sure how in the computer). I have always put the card into the slot on the computer but now I'm going to get a card reader and follow your flow.....thanks for your responseComing into this late, but agree with both posts right above mine: first of all, and most importantly, did you attempt to format the card in the COMPUTER or in the CAMERA? Uh....If the former, there's your problem right there. NEVER, never, ever format the SD card in the computer -- always do it only in the camera. If you have a couple of different cameras, always format the memory card in each camera prior to using.
Secondly, yes, when putting image files into a computer it is best to always use a card reader rather than plugging the camera directly into the computer and trying to offload files that way.
My process is: I shoot with a card that is formatted for the camera I'm using, then come home or to my laptop if I'm traveling, plug in a card reader and then insert the card from the freshly shot event into that and download into the computer. I then make sure the folder and files are intact in the computer before then ejecting the card reader. I do NOT delete the images that are still on the card. I make sure that what's in the computer now ready to be edited is what I've just shot and that all the image files are there. If I'm traveling and have another freshly formatted memory card or two ready to go I'll use one of those for the next shooting session and leave what I've already shot still on the SD card they're on. Good safeguard against losing anything, whether it be due to a computer glitch or to losing the actual physical SD card (which can happen!). When at home, I'll make sure everything's in the computer safe and sound and only then will stick the SD card back into the computer and format it there. I NEVER, EVER, format any SD card in the computer. That's just asking for trouble, as you have already discovered. Unfortunately for you this latest incident may be too late to recover images, but at least now you will know for the future what to do and what not to do. I'm sorry you had to learn the hard way.....
I have always put the card into the slot on the computer but now I'm going to get a card reader and follow your flow