Last Updated on 04/28/2018 by Mark Beckenbach
This pro tip could help you save some important files for work and personal projects should you misplace your SD card
Losing SD cards with days’ or even weeks’ worth of hard work is one of the most dreaded scenarios for photographers. Anyone who constantly switches between multiple SD cards or USB drives will especially find this a valid cause for concern. Whether it’s for personal projects or commissioned work, you can potentially save yourself the hassle of losing your files forever with this simple pro tip: add a file that has your pertinent contact details in your SD cards and USB drives.
Photographers have taken to this Photography thread on Reddit to discuss this pro tip by toomanybeersies. After learning about lost SD cards and GoPros, he decided to add a text file with his contact details and address in his SD card. “That way if your SD card or camera goes missing (or you drop your GoPro in the sea) then people will know who to get it back to,” he explains.
Some suggest taking it up the next level by adding an actual JPEG file, like a snap of your business card, which can be immediately viewed on the camera screen. Another suggestion was to also keep the same image file in the internal memory of your cameras should the horror of losing your camera also happens. You may even set your SD card’s name as your phone number, just in case it catches the attention of someone who inspects the card’s contents through a computer.
But (yes, there’s always a but) for the super cautious, however, loading an SD card into their devices just to look for the owner’s contact info is a big no-no. “I’m not taking the risk of compromising one of my devices just to look for your contact data,” said Redditor D4rCM4rC. “Write it on the card so I can read it with my eyes. Else it will be put into the next bin.”
Any thoughts on these tips? If you’ve got some suggestions to add, we’d love to know!