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User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3051 times:

Just wondering if anyone else does this.

I was speaking with a photographer friend of mine and he said that he never just deletes his photos from his compact flash, but he just formats the card before he uses it.

I figured this would be a good idea, avoiding leaving any trace scrap data on the card that might eventually cause a corrupted photo or smething along those lines.

Does formatting the card leave wear on it though? Do any of you think this is a good or bad idea?

-Phil


Phil Derner Jr.
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User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3029 times:

Hey Phil,

I have never deleted images from the card. I always format my CF cards in the camera. I've been doing it for year and a half, and never lost one single picture.
Deleting images would make me nervous. You have bigger chance of getting corrupted image after you have deleted pictures than after formatting.

Rafal


User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

Phil,

I too format in-camera each time.

Mike


User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

Generally I don't exactly "delete" mine, but I cut from the reader and paste into a folder. But I guess that's the same thing.

I've just never heard of people doing that. I guess I'll start now.

-Phil



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2237 posts, RR: 48
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

It's a magnetic device. You either erase the 1's and 0's picture by picture (take the cookies out the jar one by one and leave some crums) or you erase all the 1's and 0's in one go (turn the jar upside down removing the crums aswell) and redo the formatting (also a few 1's and 0's, like adding some new (but fewer) crums  Smile).
It makes no difference in 'wear'.
You write, you erase, you write, you erase, etc. The method of erasing does not affect the speed of wear. The number of times you do it, probably does affect it.

Eduard


User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

Generally I don't exactly "delete" mine, but I cut from the reader and paste into a folder. But I guess that's the same thing.

Phil, I personally (not sure that it matters) wouldn't recommend this.

I feel it's safer to copy/transfer (not cut-paste) from the card to a folder on the harddrive, here's what I do:

Copy (transfer) from card to folder on harddrive (C drive)
Verify all files in new folder look good
Burn the newly copied files to CD/DVD (depending on amount) as backup
Copy new folder to D drive (Backup - 2nd physical harddrive)
Place CF Card back in camera and format

Mike




User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2996 times:

Mike,

Great advice. After recently reading about the deterioration of digital files, I fear what the future holds for the tens of thousands of photos I've taken in the past year.

Thanks,

-Phil



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlinePaulinbna From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1114 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2683 times:
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Phil the same thing can be said abou slides my father has a lot of slides that have deteriorated over time. So it is just not in the digital age.


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User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

I'm assuming those slides weren't Kodachrome. I have a few slides from the 60's and a bunch of the 70's that look like they were taken yesterday.

Mike


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