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Canon EOS 40D Guide to Digital Photography by David D. Busch

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What Can Go Wrong?

There are lots of things that can go wrong with your memory card, but the ones that aren’t caused by human stupidity are statistically very rare. Yes, a Compact Flash card’s internal bit bin or controller can suddenly fail due to a manufacturing error or some inexplicable event caused by old age. However, if your CF card works for the first week or two that you own it, it should work forever. There’s really not a lot that can wear out.

The typical Compact Flash card is rated for a Mean Time Between Failures of 1,000,000 hours of use. That’s constant use 24/7 for more than 100 years! According to the manufacturers, they are good for 10,000 insertions in your camera, and should be able to retain their data (and that’s without ...

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