How to Transfer Photos to a Computer

Hey … can you share any thoughts/facts you might have about using SD cards to transfer images off your camera vs. using a cord or wireless connection to upload photos? I’m sure all that popping-in/popping out has got to wear down an SD card over time, yet it’s the method my family and I are used to. I would need a strong argument (from an expert like you!) to convince them to break this habit. Well, I guess the strongest argument would probably having one get damaged and losing a bunch of precious pictures, but I’d really like to prevent that with some words of wisdom from our CM expert! Anne Marie Gross, January 21, 2010.

In general, the greatest chance for damaging a memory card is if the card is removed without properly turning the camera off or using the remove hardware feature on your computer. If a memory card is removed while data is being written, it may very well become corrupt. Given, these warnings, I personally transfer images from a camera to the computer by removing the card and placing it in a card reader. Your suggestion for using a cable or wireless connection to transfer data is certainly safer, although it may be less convenient.

About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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