Archives Audio Recording Video — 06 June 2012

So I received a Zoom H2n in the mail this week and am excited to be working on reviewing it in a future post as well as doing a series of video tutorials on on what will probably be a very popular recorder. However, this post is about something else in the box.  I was struck by Zoom’s inclusion in the package of an educational warning of sorts about the care and handling of SD Cards. This is something that we, myself included, probably take for granted.  The flyer in the Zoom package gives the following valuable precautions:

  • SD cards are precision products.  Avoid bending or dropping an SD card, do not subject it to shocks and protect it from moisture.
  • Data stored on an SD card may be corrupted or lost due to unforeseen circumstances or damage.  Making a backup of important data is recommended.
  • Formatting an SD card will erase all data on the card.
  • To ensure optimum performance, be sure to format the SD card in the Zoom product.
  • Some SD cards may have a production defect that can cause noise in the recording or result in bland data.  Before starting an important recording session, doing a trial run is recommended to verify that the card operates properly.

and of course:

  • Zoom Corporation will not be liable for any damages resulting from data corruption or data loss.

It is easy to forget sometimes that these cards are fragile.  I sometimes get lazy and let them toss around in a backpack.

In addition to Zoom’s recommendations, I would recommend the following:

  • Purchase a case to carry and store the cards while not being used.  This will help ensure that they do not get bent or prevent damage.
  • As Zoom indicates, sometimes there is a defect.  If your card throws an error, use a spare.  Do not continue to use that card.
  • Keep cards clean and avoid exposure to moisture.
  • I always recommend that you format the card on the recorder that you will be using.  If you use the card in a different recorder, format it again
  • I like to recommend powering off the recorder before removing the card.  I don’t know why, I just do.
  • Cycle your cards. At some point, I would play the odds and just replace the card after a year or so of heavy use.  They are fairly inexpensive and I prefer not to take the risk.

Hope this reminder helps.  You should probably eat right, exercise more and get more sleep as well.  Like Zoom, I am not liable for any data loss you experience.  Just kidding.  Not really.

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