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Jun 09, 2010 15:50 |  #1

Following is a faithful recreation of some advice offered by a self-described professional photographer:

Do not delete files from your digital camera as you go. Download all of your images onto your computer and delete from there. When you delete files from the camera individually, you get rid of the pictures you don't like and you make more space on your card. But in doing this, you also "make space fragmented on the card." There are "little sections of space" remaining where you deleted a photo, and the card tries to fill in those spaces. This can cause card corruption.


So, is that sound advice, or is it just another of the 82,433,516 irksome, niggling, persnickety warnings of disaster that, if heeded, will turn photographic fun into a fathomless morass of anxiety and dread?


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Jun 09, 2010 16:30 |  #2

It's probably sound advice, but may be just a little alarmist. I have, on occasion, deleted files in-camera during a shoot and haven't suffered any consequences because of it.

If you do it continuously and don't format the card periodically you may be headed for trouble. The accepted process is to format the card after each download, making sure the images transferred to your computer successfully before formatting the card.


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Jun 09, 2010 16:33 |  #3

This is sound advice from a performance point of view but has little impact on data corruption.


Edited to add: I'd be more worried about deleting the wrong image or missing a good shot while chimping.


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Jun 09, 2010 16:34 as a reply to  @ JWright's post |  #4

With the low price of CF cards, this is something that concerns me not at all...delete from the computer.


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Jun 09, 2010 16:46 as a reply to  @ chauncey's post |  #5

that is sound advice. I usually transfer files to pc then delete them.


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Jun 09, 2010 16:46 |  #6

I do it all the time, have done it for years, no card failures.


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Jun 09, 2010 16:49 |  #7
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i do it all the time too


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Jun 09, 2010 16:51 |  #8

Once I've downloaded all my pictures (with a card reader), I format the card in the camera. (imagined) problem solved!




  
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Jun 09, 2010 17:10 |  #9

Tedder wrote in post #10333072 (external link)
So, is that sound advice, or is it just another of the 82,433,516 irksome, niggling, persnickety warnings of disaster that, if heeded, will turn photographic fun into a fathomless morass of anxiety and dread?


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no,no, not the fathomless morass of anxiety and dread!
I rarely fill a card, so I rarelydelete in the field. if there is any chance of filling a card, I bring 4 or 5 with me, then I run out of batteries-DOH! I have done it on ocasion-never a problem, but I probably did make fragmented memory space that formatted out just fine, whew!


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Jun 09, 2010 17:26 |  #10

Fearmongering...


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Jun 09, 2010 17:57 |  #11

All of the above.
Just format the card every time you put it back in.


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Jun 09, 2010 18:12 |  #12

philwillmedia wrote in post #10333763 (external link)
All of the above.
Just format the card every time you put it back in.


That's what I do, and it is definitely a good idea!


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Jun 09, 2010 19:25 |  #13

I prefer to delete pics as I go along instead of dumping EVERY shot I took on my computer and going from there. I've shot professionally (news, real estate, weddings, etc) as well as for fun for years and years...I've NEVER had a card corrupt on me.


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Jun 10, 2010 03:33 |  #14

It does exactly the same when you delete them on a PC, though granted you've got all your photos by then.




  
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Jun 10, 2010 11:21 |  #15

DazJW wrote in post #10336163 (external link)
It does exactly the same when you delete them on a PC, though granted you've got all your photos by then.

More to the point, it does exactly the same thing when you delete files on your computer hard drive or pretty much any other mass storage device.


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