do memory cards wear out?

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  1. emogirl

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    I was told once that memory cards do wear out....kind of like a video tape being tape over so many times, eventually the quality goes kaput. Is this true? The reason I ask, a friend sent me pics from her camera and she is haivng problems....mostly streaks thru all her pics, i have never seen anything like it before in 15 years of photography....having gone over her camera and pics thoroughly, that is all that i could come up with. Since I am quite new to digital, I need your folks help!!! Sorry, i dont have the pics anymore to show you.

    thanks, Kim
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    im bumping this in hopes of getting an answer...thanks'
     
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    I don't know but you looked lonely... My guess is that it would take a long time and more likely have an accident first but i guess everything wears out eventually.
     
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    I would guess that the camera would have problems before the card...there are just so many more things that could go wrong with a camera. The test is simple...just try the card in a different camera. If the problem persists with both cameras...then it's the card...If not, then it's the camera :(
     
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    yes....that was our solution, she was trying the little card that came with her camera and see what happens....in the meantime, while i'm waiting to hear back from her, i was trying to find out about the memory card wear....so i'm guessing you have never heard of that??
     
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    I've heard of them 'going bad' or just being bad from the start...but either people don't say what the actual problem is...or the files are corrupt. I've never specifically heard of a card causing streaks.
     
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    As an after thought I have a digital camera I shoot things for ebay with. It ruins memory cards for some reason. Once they have been formatted in the camera they can not be read by anything else. I had to hook the camera to the computer to read the cards. I don't use that type for anything else so it's okay with me. I also will never in my whole life fill that little card up.
     
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    Memory cards can become unusable, or corrupted in some way. It is probably from a static shock of some sort. Either from the camera or when it was removed and put into a reader. Either way it is probably better to get a new card and not use a corruted card and risk loosing your photos.
     
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    I have a card that I've taken over 9000 pictures with. It never burned out, so I figure it's ok.
     
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    My CF card says "good for 10,000 insert/ejects". So it should be good for about 46000000 photos. (Plus, I never eject it, I always hook my camera to the PC and don;t use a card reader. So hopefully I'll get more :p)
     
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    technically, all digital media has some sort of life-span. DVD's are supposed to last between 75 and 100 years, I think, and I'm sure CF cards have a life span as well. Thing is, it will be extreemly long, and there is a much greater chance of something going wrong with th card (static shock, being dropper, corrupted, etc.) than the card just dying out.

    In most cases, I would think that by the time the CF card actually dies, CF will have long been replaced by SD or something along that line.
     
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    i have heard somewhere that the lifespan of CF cards is limited by the number of writes/erases on it

    but this is purely based on something i think i remember, it might be totally wrong.
     

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