Hi. After you take pictures with your digital camera, you often load the images from the memory card onto your computer so you can adjust, mail, or print them. Whether you use a photo management program or simply copy the pictures onto your hard drive, you’re presented with the option (from your computer or software program) to delete the pictures from your memory card.
DON’T DO IT!
Here are some reasons not to let your computer delete the pictures on your card (also, don’t let your computer format your memory card):
- if you agree to let your computer dump your card and there was a problem loading the images onto your computer, those photos could be gone forever. Always be sure your photos are safely stored on your computer before doing anything to the images on your memory card.
- you don’t know how your computer ‘sees’ your camera’s memory card. It could see it as a disk drive so when you tell the computer to delete files from the card, it could create a wastebasket on the card, taking valuable photo-storage space away from you.
- if you ask the computer or your software to format the card, it’s taking a ‘best guess’ as to how to set that card up. It’s always better to format the card in the camera; the camera’s software is optimized to set the card up best.
Each camera is different but, in general, you’ll find the command to format your memory card in the setup menu. If you can’t find the command, read the manual or send me an email and I’ll reply with how to do it!