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Old 02-Aug-2004, 13:18   #1
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DigiCam Cards Survive Ruthless Tests

The BBC reports that the memory cards in most digital cameras are "virtually indestructible." Tests carried out by Digital Camera Shopper magazine showed that of the five memory cards tested even the thinner ones fared well. The editor of Digital Camera Shopper Geoff Harris said "We knew memory cards were durable but had no idea they were quite so tough."

So what horrible tests were the CompactFlash, Secure Digital, xD, Memory Stick and SmartMedia cards subjected to? Well things that are likely to happen in the home. There was the obligatory submerging in cola for when a child thinks it'll float, and just in case they think it's a biscuit they were tested in coffee too. They also threw them into a washing machine for good measure. Impact tests were conducted with the help of a skateboard and a child's toy car. Even the valiant efforts of a six year old tasked with their destruction were in vain as all six cards survived all of the tests.

There were some tests that failed though. It is ill advised to use a sledgehammer to format the cards and nailing it to a tree to show it off to the neighbours is a really bad idea. However even then data recovery experts were able to recover photos from xD and SmartMedia cards.

With 18% of the UK's population owning a digital camera and rising, it's good to know that "even if your camera doesn't remain intact, your precious memories will."
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Old 02-Aug-2004, 14:13   #2
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Didn't they say this about CD's too?

/me looks at about 20cd's that didn't survive the past year
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woo good job my digi cam takes smartmedia cards
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yea blurr cos im comin to ur house to nail it to a tree
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you'll find that a bit hard, seeing my mums taken it with her to malaysia
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saw a test on hard-drives. they formatted it, set it on fire, immersed it in water (to put out the fire naturally), dropped it off a building and drove over it.
Although bashed and crumpled, data recovery experts still got almost all the data off the drive that was there before the format.
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format doesn't do anything really, all it does is switch the files on the drive to 'write' so when you install things, it just overrides it

thats how data recovering programs work, as long as you don't install anything on the drive after the format, virtually everything can be recovered!

but as for recovering it from the amount of damage inflicted on the hdd, well thats impressive in itself
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what happens if you disassemble it smash it all to tiny bits, crush it, pour acid on it, set it on fire a couple of times, run over it with a car, then eat it
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You'll be classed as insane and locked up.
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oh and you'll get porn from x-rays.

I know that blurr, I just thought I'd put it in for completeness
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PCFormat did a Similar test a few months back. Boiled in water etc. Digital Camera Shopper Copy cats!
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PCFormat did a simplar test a few months back. Boiled in water etc. Digital Camera Shopper Copy cats!
Better..Digital Camera Shopper Copy Cats Shocker!
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But who cares about PC Format?

*runs*

(PS I do actually read it on occasion so don't hurt meh :{ )
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cuh - PCZone rules the PC gaming magazine world - and I wonder if the digi camera will survive the same tests?!?!?
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Indeed PC Zone is the win. And no, I doubt the camera would survive the tests.
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