Mem­ory cards – re­write or write once?

Amateur Photographer - - Tech Talk -

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.

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