OK to delete photos from memory card while in computer?

7 months 5 days ago #651435 by Alfonso Camil
After I download my photos from my card to my computer, can I delete the photos from the computer?


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7 months 5 days ago - 7 months 5 days 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.


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7 months 5 days 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.

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7 months 5 days 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.

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6 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. 


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


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6 months 3 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. 

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6 months 3 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.  


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6 months 3 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.


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