How often do memory cards fail?

11 months 3 weeks ago #651666 by Patrick G
I was reading an older post here where someone was talking about a card failing.   Actually I was reading this yesterday, however still thinking about it.  From a global standpoint, how often do memory cards actually fail?  

I don't hear much on this topic, so assumed this is a near non-existant?


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11 months 3 weeks ago #651667 by fmw
Every one of them will fail at some point.  That can be a long time but it isn't forever.  I use small memory cards and download the images to  computer as soon as I am home.  I back up the computer with a NAS.  I don't leave images on a memory card any longer than necessary.  I've had 20 or 30 cards fail over the years.


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11 months 3 weeks ago #651669 by Patrick G
20-30 fail?  How so?  


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11 months 3 weeks ago #651672 by Nikon Shooter
I have several cards (SDXC, CF, XQD) for my 4 bodies and
none has ever failed in 7 years.

If ever one should fail, it won't have a second chance in my
bag but maybe for other purpose.

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11 months 3 weeks ago #651674 by Shadowfixer1

fmw wrote: Every one of them will fail at some point.  That can be a long time but it isn't forever.  I use small memory cards and download the images to  computer as soon as I am home.  I back up the computer with a NAS.  I don't leave images on a memory card any longer than necessary.  I've had 20 or 30 cards fail over the years.

If you have had 20 or 30 cards fail over the years, then you're doing something wrong. That would work out to more than one per year. That is a hard number to believe. I have never had one to fail and that goes back at least 17 years in digital imaging.

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11 months 3 weeks ago #651706 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Patrick

Over the 16yrs of digital activity I have had 2 SD cards fail ~ each was a non-brand name card purchased as a pair from a chain store outlet when I was away from home and 'naked' without my usual brand-name cards

One card failed after about 300 uses, the other after about 1500 uses over a 8yr period

These days I only keep about 4 SD cards in circulation [with 4 cameras of one type or another] and as I download every night from card to computer, size of card does not concern me - it is Mb/s transfer speed that I go on these days

At home I do have a heap of 1/2-Gb and 1Gb and 2Gb cards lying around ... but strangely no-one wants them these days :(

Phil from the great land Downunder
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/


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11 months 3 weeks ago #651797 by Joe Peterson
Never had one fail.  I've washed mine before, but never had it fail because of manufacture issues.  


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11 months 3 weeks ago #651868 by Howard Swanson
Knock on wood with this one!  


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11 months 3 weeks ago #651975 by fmw

Shadowfixer1 wrote: If you have had 20 or 30 cards fail over the years, then you're doing something wrong.

Probably making a lot more images than you do.  I was a commercial photographer.


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11 months 3 weeks ago #651977 by Nikon Shooter
I am puzzled by your reply, friend. I don't get it but
I do understand where Randy is.

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11 months 3 weeks ago #651979 by Deb Reardon
+1 on that knock on wood.  Hi hope I don't jinx myself, but no issues here.  


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11 months 3 weeks ago #651984 by Tim Chiang
Not often at all.  But it does happen so always back up your work.  


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