View Full Version : memory card life!

09-17-2004, 05:46 AM
hi there!

Does anyone know what the life expectance of memory cards is? Also how should one look out for the deterioration of a memory card?

09-17-2004, 05:07 PM
In normal, non-abusive use the life should be infinite in terms of your own lifetime. However, most name brand cards, if you can find the details, are probably rated for hundreds of thousands of insertion/removal cycles and even greater numbers of read/write cycles. In digital camera use that probably means your lifetime since this would be 100 photos a day everyday for a few years.

Now in reality I have personally seen 2-3 CF cards become totally unusable. These were being used in PC's in a non-photo application and were most likely pulled out of a card reader during a readwrite process. None of the dozens of memory cards that I own and use in my cameras over the past 6 years (CF, SmartMedia & SD) have failed to date.