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    Newbie abelony's Avatar
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    Compact Flash Cards
    Hey guys.

    Can someone please tell me how long data will stay on a compact flash card when it is removed from a pda or a camera. I can't find this information anywhere.

    Thanks

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    Probably forever..
    like a hard drive that has been disconnected and put in a box for a year.. plug it back in and there is your data from a year ago..
    Unless you leave it in your pocket and then do a load of wash..
    LOL then it probably wouldn't be there at all..

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    That's what I thought too. For my trip this July, instead of getting one 512mb card I want to get four 128mb or maybe even 10 64mb cards. I just don't trust one card. If one of the cards currupts, I will not loose all my pictures. Just the thought makes me cringe.

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    My FujiFinepix uses x-D memory cards. I have the 16MB that shipped with it, a 128MB and a 256MB. I keep a protective holder with me that keeps the spare cards, and am very happy with it. Definitely go for the multiple cards.

    I also bought a card reader and keep it in my camera bag. Have USB, can burn pics anywhere there's a PC.

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    Is it a good idea to keep inserting and removing cards, I would be worrying about the camera connectors.

    Why not but one of those small media reader boxes with a hard drive.

    Trying a search for Media reader hard drive
    on Amazon throws up a Western digital one for $185 but I bet you do better than that.

    When I went to Ascension Island earlier this year I took my laptop and downloaded almost every day, and as a result the one tip I would give anyone buying a new digital camera with over 4M pixels is to ensure it has USB2 support aaas mine only has USB1 and is so slooooow on download.

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    Newbie abelony's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by webmarm
    can burn pics anywhere there's a PC.
    That's a pretty good idea. It will probably cost me a dollar or so to download and burn those photos on a cd every few days. I just hope I find someone that has a computer and a burner where I am going.

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    I've had a digital camera for several years, and I've never had any problems losing data on the card. (Wish I could say the same for film!) I went with one big card, and it holds about 300 pictures at the highest resolution. Sometimes I'll go six months without transferring it to my PC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abelony
    That's a pretty good idea. It will probably cost me a dollar or so to download and burn those photos on a cd every few days. I just hope I find someone that has a computer and a burner where I am going.
    Why not set up a shutterfly account and upload them there for free and safe keeping
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haiko de Poel, Jr.
    Why not set up a shutterfly account and upload them there for free and safe keeping
    Well, the thing is, I am going to one of the former soviet republics. I have been told there are fast connections to the internet but I won't believe it until I see. I will look into shutterfly though (I had never heard of them before).

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    One of the smartest ways to transfer images from your camera to your computer is to link them with USB and not even touch the card. Most cameras have a feature where you can edit and delete pictures without removing the card. I have a 512 mb sd card in my camera which I have not removed for about 2 years. Shutterfly by the way is a great resource (also fast and great quality). I had them make copies of a few pics I had and also made me a poster. Turned out wonderful!

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