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In order to minimize data loss and ensure the best results from your Kingston Flash storage device, follow these simple recommendations:

1. Replace or recharge batteries in devices after getting a low-battery warning.

Battery discharge is one of the most common problems causing the loss of pictures or other data on Flash storage devices. If a battery dies in the middle of a write operation to the Flash storage device, not only can the file being written become corrupted, but the entire device may be damaged as well. It may be possible to repair the Flash storage device using commercially available disk recovery software. To avoid these problems, carry a spare battery if possible or stop using a device when battery power gets low.

2. Properly remove your Flash storage device from the host device.

It is important to wait until all operations are completed before removing a Flash storage device from a digital camera or other host device. If the Flash storage device is removed during a write operation, for example, the Flash storage device may be corrupted and data loss may occur.

Most digital cameras will show a blinking light during Flash write operations, so it is important to wait until all operations are completed. 

3. Properly store Flash cards in their plastic cases and close the cap on USB drives.

Flash storage devices, while quite reliable, can be damaged when dropped on hard surfaces. When they are not in use, store Flash storage cards in their clear plastic cases. USB drives should be stored with their caps on.

4. Do not force Flash storage devices into connectors.

Flash card or USB Flash drive connectors are unidirectional. This means that the Flash storage device must be inserted in one direction only; if you cannot insert the drive or card, do not force it in. This will prevent damage to the Flash storage device or the socket. For more information on proper insertion of Flash cards or USB Flash drives, consult your host device’s user manual.

5. When Traveling, Pack Flash storage devices into carry-on luggage if possible.

Tens of millions of Flash storage devices are in use worldwide and there have been no verifiable reports of Flash storage damage due to airport X-ray scanners. However; as a precaution, drives should be treated just like unprocessed film and stored in carry-on luggage, as the passenger screening radiation levels are much lower than those used by newer luggage scanning machines.

6. Always make backups of your data.

Flash storage devices are not infallible and can have their data damaged due to factors mentioned above. It is important to backup important information on multiple media for long-term storage.

7. Do Not Edit Files Directly On The Flash Drive

Yet another simple but often forgotten rule when it comes to using flash drives is to not edit files directly on them. If you have to make any edits to your files, copy them to your computer. Afterward, unplug your flash drive properly, make the necessary edits, then copy your files back. 

8. When Not In Use, Do Not Leave The Flash Drive Connected To Your Computer

Leaving your flash drive or card on for too long not only increases its usage rate, but also heats up the device. Additionally, it is prone to data corruption especially if the flash drive is suddenly yanked out.


Categories: Tips & Tricks

It’s common for people to toss their memory card into a camera bag and just let it sit in their vehicle on a cold day, or take it on vacation through a humid rain forest exhibit, without a thought. However, it’s a little known fact that doing things like this can actually decrease the life span of that critical card holding all of your life’s memories.

We thought we’d put together some quick tips to keep in mind when handling those precious plastic storage squares.

Just Be Nice To It

First, and this one is obvious to some, don’t treat your cards like a piece of plastic. Even though they are small, they are actually high-end electronics.

There are many microscopic elements to a memory card or flash drive that once damaged, aren’t able to be fixed.

Insert them gently and straight, don’t bend them, don’t yank on it.  Be nice.

Wrap It Up & Keep It Clean

Dust and dirt are one of the biggest factors in memory cards losing their effectiveness. Always keep your card stored in the case it came with, and keep it away from dusty situations. Don’t just throw the card in your drawer or your camera case.

Water & Memory Cards Don’t Mix

Memory cards themselves are NOT water proof. Yet, it’s incredibly common to hear about people putting them in their pocket, without water proof protection, and heading into the ocean. If you’ve got a quality waterproof device that the card is in, you should be fine. We’re talking about having them loose, or even in their case, and getting in the water. This includes the rain too – as well as spills from drinks from your morning coffee.

If you do end up getting your cards wet, here’s a great “how to” that Sumona put together on how she got her data back.

Keep Them Away From Magnetic Fields

Ya know what’s in common with many car cell phone mounts, computer speakers, and refrigerators? Magnets.

Magnets are capable of destroying the data on any memory device just like they can any magnetic tape in your 1988 Rock and Roll cassette tape collection.

Stay Monogamous

Memory cards sometimes get weird when they are switched between MP3 players, cameras, computers, etc., without being formatted first.

So, if you can afford it, keep on memory card for each device you need to store information from.  If you are switching around, just format it first

We hope these tips help you to keep your cards operating as efficiently and as long as possible!


Categories: News & Resources, Tips & Tricks

Maybe you operate a small business or organization, perhaps you travel and take a lot of pictures or you just enjoy capturing eventful moments and need extra storage space. You start to ask yourself if you need to purchase memory cards and flash drives in bulk. However, you are not sure if it is useful to buy in bulk or buy them as you need.

My name is Tim from On The Clock, and I think it is time that we start discussing the benefits for wholesale purchasing when it comes to bulk memory cards and flash drives.

What you need to know when purchasing wholesale flash drives and memory cards

You never want to find yourself in a situation where you are completely out of space on your flash drives or memory cards. You cannot risk the chance of missing out on valuable events that could benefit your personal life, business, organization or that big vacation you recently booked.

Below you will find 5 useful tips and reasons for wholesale memory cards and flash drives:

  1. Save money. We all enjoy saving money while purchasing the things we love and need the most. Purchasing memory saving devices in bulk such as memory cards and flash drives will be extremely cost efficient and save you a lot of money. As a bonus, you can usually have the shipping costs waived with bulk purchasing.
  2. Backup your work for everyone in the office! You and your employees could be spending hours or days in the office working on very important projects. Imagine if your computers crashed and you had no way to recover your hard-work. Having flash drives in bulk on hand is a great way to constantly backup your work and everyone else in your company.
  3. Take important documents and pictures with you. Rather it be traveling or sitting on your back patio, you can rest assured by knowing you will be able to have whatever you need at your convenience during the time you need it.
  4. The ability to have memory saving devices dedicated for specific events and projects. With the advantage of having these devices in bulk, you will be able to assign certain photos, documents, videos and more to a USB flash drive and memory card. This means no more guessing what is saved on what.
  5. Load up on brands you love. Some of these great brands include SanDisk, Kingston and Lexar. Ordering bulk products that have a reputable name to back their quality is extremely important.

Bulk USB flash drives make life easier

Flash drives give you the convenience to transfer important data and a variety of stored files with ease. This useful tool also allows you to run portable programs as well. Think about it, this means you do not have to install them onto someone’s computer which could make the owner reluctant for you to use it if you had to make installments.

Another valuable element when using a USB stick is the ability to perform updates on numerous computers. For example, you run an office with 16 employees and each employee uses a computer. Every so often you will need to perform security, software and other updates that a flash drive could help with. And the best part about it is that you will be able to perform these important updates very quickly by simply plugging in the flash drive into the computer’s USB port.

Bulk memory cards allow experiences to stay with you forever

Cameras, phones, tablets and other picture and video taking devices only provide a certain amount of storage space. With the addition of a quality memory card, you will be able to improve your storage space significantly. You do not necessarily have to be a professional photographer or videographer to know how quickly gigabytes are consumed. You will be able to cherish your memories forever.

With memory cards being small, light in weight and durable, it allows you to take them with you when you are on the go. They are easily interchangeable and reliable so you will never have to miss anything. You can look at them as being your personal assistant. Instead of buying only one memory card at a time and risk losing all of your videos and pictures. Gain a peace of mind while saving money when buying in bulk.