Memory cards – rewrite or write once?
QI’m curious to know if, like me, there are others who never reuse memory cards; I buy, fill, then buy another. I always keep a couple spare. If I fill my current card, I start on a spare but immediately open the Amazon app and order a replacement spare. I do the same with USB sticks – copy the card to the USB drive, edit on the USB and then file away. The original card is kept untouched as my master card. Is this unusual? Pixelpuffin (AP forum)
AUse- once memory cards are not new. SanDisk actually launched a line of camera memory cards, called ‘Shoot & Store’, in 2004, aimed at helping film photographers move to digital. The cards were competitively priced and designed to be used once and, thereafter, be your primary archive media. It wasn’t a great success; few rivals copied it and SanDisk quietly discontinued Shoot & Store a few years later. With memory card prices so low, relatively speaking, there is some logic in using cards like this, even when shooting big raw files. The cost per image compared to film makes it look like a no-brainer and there are no developing costs. Of course, we don’t appreciate memory cards like that any more – they are, intrinsically, reusable. If you use more expensive UHS- II cards, for example, the idea of a use- once strategy becomes even less attractive.