OK to delete photos from memory card while in computer?

8 months 3 weeks 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.

,
8 months 2 weeks ago - 8 months 2 weeks 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.

,
8 months 2 weeks 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.

,
8 months 2 weeks 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.

,
8 months 1 week 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.

,
8 months 1 week 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.

,
8 months 1 week 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.

,
8 months 5 days 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.

,
8 months 5 days 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

The Sony a7S II might be almost five years old, but as you'll see in this Sony a7S II review, it still packs a mighty punch with a small price tag.

Mar 23, 2020

In this Nikon D780 review, learn about the D780's features, specs, video capabilities, and more. Also learn how to score a discounted price on a D780 and how you can extend your gear budget!

Mar 13, 2020

In the Sony a6000 vs Sony a6100 battle, which one comes out on top? One offers a lower price tag while the other has more updated features. Find out which camera is best for you in this buyer's guide.

Mar 13, 2020

The Canon EOS RP is an entry-level camera that has some excellent features. In this Canon EOS RP review, learn all about its pros, cons, features, price, and more!

Mar 03, 2020
Get 600+ Pro photo lessons for $1

Forum Top Posters

Latest Articles

Learning how to become a professional photographer might not be as hard as you think. With these tips on becoming a freelance photographer, you'll be able to get the process started more quickly.

Apr 01, 2020

The Haida M15 filter system is a great piece of photography gear that allows me to use the same filters with many different camera lenses.

Apr 01, 2020

If you're in need of some good reads during the pandemic, give this list of the best photography books a try. Each one is an Amazon best selling photography book!

Apr 01, 2020

Believing these photography myths can get you in a lot of trouble. Instead, use these photography tips and techniques to prepare yourself to build a better business.

Apr 01, 2020

To protect your camera gear (and your monetary investment), there are a few things you need to do. One of them is to use a bag that will protect your camera gear from breakage.

Mar 31, 2020

To make money in real estate photography, you need to take steps to ensure your prices can support your real estate photography business. Learn how to do that in this guide.

Mar 30, 2020

If you're currently under lockdown due to the COVID-19 virus and can't get out to take nature and wildlife photos, there are many things you can do to get your photos and gear organized.

Mar 30, 2020

For many Realtors, DIY real estate photography is necessary because they can't access or afford professional real estate photography services. Get some quick photography tips for Realtors in this guide.

Mar 27, 2020