Lindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3408 times:
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.
IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 41
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3404 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 ).
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.
Mikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3396 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