OK to delete photos from memory card while in computer?

1 year 1 day ago #651435 by Alfonso Camil
After I download my photos from my card to my computer, can I delete the photos from the computer?


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 year 1 day ago - 1 year 1 day ago #651500 by garyrhook

Alfonso Camil wrote: After I download my photos from my card to my computer, can I delete the photos from the computer?


Probably, but as has been repeatedly stressed here, in numerous threads, don't. By which I mean to say that it's unwise to manipulate files on a card, period, and carries risk.

Why bother? Copy your files off the card, then reformat the card in camera.


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 year 1 day ago #651503 by Shadowfixer1
Do what Gary said. You will have no problems if you just wait and reformat the card in camera. That is the absolute best way to do it.

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
1 year 23 hours ago #651506 by Nikon Shooter
This is the way I do it.

After any shooting session, the card will be copied to the desktop.
The original folder(s) remains on the card  and in the reader until
achieving — that means after culling — the deleted files then are
those on the desktop.

Once transferred to the archive disk (double BU), the desktop folder
and the card folder will be deleted, the card ejected to go back in
the camera.

One thing I do prefer to leave uniquely to the camera is the eventual
periodical formatting of the card.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
This person is a posting maniac and deserves a #1 badge!Top Poster
Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
11 months 3 weeks ago #652462 by thephotoman
I have heard it said that you should make sure you have at least two copies of your photos before deleting them from a device. I think this is a good idea since cards and hard drives can go bad. 


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
11 months 3 weeks ago #652478 by Joe Vertz
I always delete and format from camera


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
11 months 2 weeks ago #652682 by Prago
+1 delete and format at one time after the images have been downloaded, while card is back in the camera. 

SWM into chainsaws and hockey masks seeks like-minded SWF. No weirdos, please
Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
11 months 2 weeks ago #653102 by Jeff Scott
Always reformat from the card, just best practice as the camera has it's own firmware language and sets up the card how it prefers to read and write too.  


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,
11 months 2 weeks ago #653113 by garyrhook

Jeff Scott wrote: Always reformat from the card, just best practice as the camera has it's own firmware language and sets up the card how it prefers to read and write too.  


Sorry, can't ignore this.

Just... no. Yes, each camera has it's own language, but filesystems on cards are all FAT32, and have been around a long time. They probably all use the same software, and likely buy the reader hardware from a vendor, too. There's no "preferred" anything, they all work the same way.

If you do some reading, you'll find that most problems that arise come from someone initiating an operation on the card then removing the card before the operation completes. Notably, deleting images in the camera. Which is why everyone recommends never doing that.


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

,

802.3K

205K

1.62M

  • Facebook

    802,251 / Likes

  • Twitter

    205,000 / Followers

  • Google+

    1,620,816 / Followers

Latest Reviews

In this Nikon D500 vs Nikon D7500 matchup, we explore the features and specs, pros and cons, and prices of these older, but highly capable DSLRs.

Jun 22, 2020

Check out this Sony a7R IV review to learn all about this incredible camera's specs, features, image quality, price, and more.

Jun 15, 2020

The Panasonic Lumix S1 might be a few years old, but its features and specs (and its used price today) make it worth a long, hard look.

Jun 08, 2020

In this Olympus OM-D E-M1 II review, learn about the camera's specs and features, pros and cons, price, and much more.

Jun 02, 2020
Get 600+ Pro photo lessons for $1

Forum Top Posters

Latest Articles

In this 2020 star tracker buying guide, learn about the specs and features of some of the best star trackers currently on the market.

Jul 14, 2020

Travel photography gear comes in all shapes and sizes, but what are the best items to pick up? Check this list for our top picks!

Jul 10, 2020

A camera belt is the ideal camera strap alternative because it puts the weight of your gear on your hips. It's a more comfortable way to carry your camera gear!

Jul 10, 2020

The best camera bags of 2020 include big backpacks, small sling bags, and many variations in between. Which of these top camera bags is for you? Find out!

Jul 09, 2020

The best stock photo sites pay well for your images, are easy to sign up, and offer tools and solutions to help you streamline your stock photography business. These sites are among the best.

Jul 09, 2020

If you're looking for unique canvas prints, look no further than metallic canvas! These prints are beautiful, iridescent, and have superior, eye-catching color.

Jul 09, 2020

Canon unveiled the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 this morning. Both cameras look to be game-changers for Canon, and both will ship soon!

Jul 09, 2020

Not sure how to increase your photography income? Use these business tips to make more money as a photographer!

Jul 08, 2020