Thursday, February 24, 2011

Using New SD Memory Cards in Old Computers

Many of us just can't rush out when the news computer of our dreams comes along. This can put a crimp in video editing. One of the ways it can hurt is when you insert a new fangled memory card that isn't support by your computer. In this case, I'm talking specifically about SD Memory cards.

As a reminder, there is standard SD, SDHC and the new kid on the block, SDXC.

Here is the thing. Your old sluggo might have been designed to read the standard SD format. That is fine until you try to place a SDHC or SDXC card in the memory card reader.

You might get an error message about formatting the card. DON'T! You will erase the video contents on the card. There is an inexpensive solution.

You can buy a separate memory card reader for under $5 to $15 at any office or electronic supply store. I've even seen them in places like Target. All you have to do is place your card in the reader and then connect it to the USB slot.

This will make it appear to your computer that it is a disk drive. You can open the folder on your computer that contains the videos and perform a copy and paste the videos to a new folder on your hard drive or make your CD/DVD back-up copy.

Make sure that you have your back-ups videos and have transferred your working video copies before you delete the videos from the card.

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