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12-24-2008, 01:15 PM   #1
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SD Memory Card Question

Hi all,

I have a K100D...

Just curious... If I were to (via card reader) put on my camera's SD card a folder of various 'stuff' (address book and bookmark backups and some other various files/folders), would the camera ignore it and still read/write normally to it's DCIM/100PENTX folder, choke, or whatever?

Am I playing with fire even thinking about this??

I realize any additional files/folders will likely be lost after a format.

Thanks!

Bob

12-24-2008, 01:21 PM   #2
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1) yes after a format, you'd loose everything
2) the camera creates it's own folder for the images and will ignore the other folder
3) don't save critical data on a card without any backup. Cards fail periodically. They are exposed to rougher treatment and the elements more than a sealed hard drive sitting on your desk.
4) I think you are and would suggest you get a flash drive or similar (they are dirt cheap anyway) for a backup small file storage. Just imagine that you are going to go shooting and decide to format the card for some reason (I do this before every shoot). Now you can't because this file is there and can't be deleted.
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I agree with Peter that, for long term storage, this is not a good idea.

However, at least on my K10D, extraneous files are ignored. I just put three files, a Word Document, a text file and a pdf file on my SD card. The K10D operated just fine and seemed to ignore them altogether.

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12-24-2008, 03:45 PM   #4
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The Pentax K100D ignores non-Pentax folders.

So one can have other folders on the same SD card.

Some people put their contact info in a text file on the SD card in case either the card or camera is lost .....

Although it is not advisable to keep long term storage on the SD being used by the dSLR - I actually carry a spare/backup SD card in a SD card reader to have multi-function - as a thumb drive and a backup for my in camera SD card - the reader itself also obviously will allow me to connect the SD card to any PC/Mac

See SD carry case/USB drive

12-25-2008, 10:16 AM   #5
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Even top brand name cards are so cheap now its not worth loosing data or pictures by trying to use the same card for both. 2 gig PNY Ultra SD cards are 2 for 19.95 at BJ's and there are cheaper brands also. They are so cheap at some online sites, the shipping and handling cost more than the card. I have a half dozen in my camera bag most of the time. You can never have too much memory.
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