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  • Here’s everything you need to know about SD memory cards before you buy one.
- Gaurav Pote, Kathmandu

Jan 11, 2016-

Everyone thinks it’s easy to buy memory cards, particularly SD cards. The only stead fastrule when it comes to buying an SD card is to go for the maximum storage at the lowest possible price. Instinctively, many end up ignoring some few basic factors that go into choosing the right memory cards.

Following these tips will not only help you choose the right memory cards but will also go a longway in helping you save your precious memories and data.

Tips to help you choose the right SD card

Match the SD cards with your hardware: Follow this basic rule in choosing the right memory card. Always usecards that are compatible with your gear. Certain phones and cameras, even DSLRs, only support SD level cards up to 2GB. Check whether your gear has dual slots or can only fit microSD cards before you hit the nearest store.

Always go for the right type: “Right type” involves a few things: capacity, class, price and even brand. Following the first tip, ponder how much extra memory you need and read a little bit about the speed and class of SDcards. 

Invest in popular brands: You’re better off going broke once than buying cheaper memory cards over and over again. Trust renowned names like SanDisk, Lexar, Kingston and Samsung and beware of the knockoffs. Visit authorised dealers if you can because branded memory cards are both reliable and durable.

Just one is never enough: Besides the fact that at some point you’re going to run out of space in your card, you might lose it, break it or it might evenage out, which they do after a certain thousand cycles.  The rule of thumb is: get two 4GB cards if you wereoriginally going for one singular 8GB card. 

And some safety tips: Don’t take their name for granted. SD cards are a secure media type to store all kinds of digital files, unless you decide to test its limits. Follow these simple tips:

- Handle them with care. Insert and eject softly.

- Don’t expose them to electrostatic sources.

- Avoid liquid and fire damage, and what whatever you do, don’t freeze them.

- Format in the device, and periodically.

- Try not to share cards with your mates

Published: 11-01-2016 17:34

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