by Staff Writer
More and more of our electronic devices store data for music, video and photos. Memory cards are widely used in digital cameras, mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices to store and transfer all that data. Because of the variety of available memory cards, you may have some questions about how your device uses them. Here are a few frequently asked questions about memory cards to help you get your devices working their best.
How do I choose the right memory card for my device?
Different electronic devices support different formats of memory cards, like SD cards, microSD, miniSD, flash memory cards, multimedia and XD cards. Check your device's user manual to determine which types of memory cards are compatible with it. Some devices even display the memory card format on or near the memory card slot itself.
Why doesn't the memory card work on my electronic device?
Some memory cards need to be formatted on the device before they can be used. If your memory card does not work at first, check your user manual to learn how to format the memory card.
What do I do if my device doesn't recognize a compatible memory card?
Make sure that the memory card is properly inserted into the card slot. Most devices have a diagram on the card slot showing the proper position to insert a memory card. If you have already properly inserted the card, but the device still can't recognize it, try to reformat the memory card. If reformatting the card doesn't work, you may have a faulty memory card, or your device may be malfunctioning.
How can I avoid losing valuable data when using a memory card?
To avoid data loss, make sure not to remove your memory card from the electronic device while it is still operating. Many devices require you to "stop" the memory card or turn the device off altogether before removing a memory card. Also, be sure to remove memory cards from devices with low batteries. Sudden power loss may corrupt stored data. Avoid exposing memory cards to the elements. Touching the metal connectors on your cards can damage the card or disrupt the connection between the device and the card.
Why does my card store less data than is listed in its specifications?
Memory cards also use a portion of their storage capacity for system files and data sectors needed to store the drivers and other data. These data instruct computers, cameras and other devices how to work with your memory card. Usually, this will not take up very much space on the memory card.
What should I consider before selecting a memory card?
Capacity and speed are two of the key factors in a memory card. A card's memory capacity will determine the amount of data it can store. Another factor to consider is speed, which determines how fast the data can be written and stored in the memory card. How fast your memory card needs to be, and how much storage it has, will depend on the device you are using it with. Check your device user manual to learn more about its compatibility with memory cards and how much storage space you will need for the tasks you'll be performing.