Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Formatting: In the camera or in the computer?, part of Recovering Photos from Memory Cards.
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…Here's a process we're all familiar with.…You connect your camera to your computer either via…a USB cable, or using a memory card reader.…Put the card right in.…Upload the pictures to your favorite application, or to the finder.…And a lot of times when you do that, especially when you're using…an application, you're presented with an…option after it's done grabbing the pictures.…And that option is, should I delete the items or should I keep them?…Now, the menu may look different, depending on which application…you're using, but the options are usually very similar to that.…
What you should choose is, keep the items.…You don't want the computer messing around with your memory card.…Take the memory card out of the computer, make sure…that it's properly ejected or disconnect the cable, your USB cable.…And then, with your camera, use the format…command and reformat the card in the camera.…That allows the camera to set up the directory specifically…for that camera, and you'll get much better performance that way.…
When bad things happen, this course can help. Photographer and author Derrick Story details a variety of disaster scenarios and provides practical advice for surviving them. Learn how to recover accidentally deleted photos, retrieve photos from a memory card that's generating errors, and work with cards that have been physically damaged.
Derrick demonstrates a variety of photo-recovering software for the Macintosh and Windows PC, and concludes with advice on keeping your memory cards—and the photos and video they contain—healthy. The techniques in this course apply to SD, microSD, and CF cards, as well as memory sticks.