SD cards

Why can't my iMac read my SD cards?

27" iMac

Episode 1676

Vanessa from California

Vanessa has a two-year-old 27" iMac. She uses it for her drone photography editing, but her SD card adapters aren't reading. Leo suspects that the SD cards aren't reading because of the format they've been formatted in. It may be due to formatting the card in the drone itself.  Leo recommends Disc Utility on the Mac and format the card with ExFAT. Copy off the data first though with a Windows machine. Also, make sure you use a card that the Mac supports.

How can I recover photos from an SD card?

SD Card

Episode 1660

Michael from Simi Valley, CA

Michael was in Las Vegas recently and took some great time-lapse photos, but when he plugged in his SD card to his computer, the photos can't be seen. But he sees them on his camera. Leo says that Michael's camera can be connected via WiFi to his mobile device and he can send it that way if you see them in the DCIM. Was it Raw? Your computer may not be able to read it without a reader. It may also be that your SD card has failed, but the camera can see the thumbnails. Leo recommends using Recuva (Windows) and see if you can recover the files.

Is my camera media card defective?

SD Card

Episode 1627

Hector from Napoleon, OH

Hector has a Sandisk 64GB SD card from Best Buy, and now he's getting error messages due to "insufficient write speed."  Is there something wrong with his camera? Leo says that most SD cards today can keep up with the cameras they are used in. You need a class 4 card for the Vixia Camcorder, and Hector's is a class 10. So it's plenty fast. But it could be that the card is wearing out after steady use and it's starting to fail. When you start getting errors like that, you're living on borrowed time. So it's time to get a new card.

Can I Install Apps on a Phone's SD Card?

Android

Episode 1612

Joe from Tampa, FL

Joe has trouble with apps he installs on his microSD card. When will Android fix this? Leo says that apps will always work better on the internal memory. Save the SD card for larger files like photos, videos, and music. Because Android doesn't like the SD card for apps, and Google is starting to lock it down for anything other than storage. In fact, Google no longer allows SD cards for storage on their own phones. Also, apps have to support it, and Android isn't really letting developers do it.

Why am I running out of space on my phone?

SD Card

Episode 1591

Andrew from San Jose, CA

Andrew has an old Razor gaming smartphone and he's updated it to Android 8 Oreo. But he's almost run out of space on his SD card, and he doesn't have any photos or videos on it. He backs up everything to Google Photos. What is going on? Leo says to pop your SD card out and look at it. See if it has a ton of temp files on it. You can even format it. Then put it back in. It's also possible Andrew bought a counterfeit card that says it's a 256GB size. It happens a lot, even buying on Amazon. There's also an app called FILES by Google, which can clean out your SD card for you. 

How can I move data to my phone's SD card?

Moto e5

Episode 1587

Mark from Los Angeles, CA

Mark is trying to move hid download folder to his SD card on his Moto e5 mobile device. Leo says that SD cards on Android are a challenge. Generally, the app has to support storing the data to your SD card. Some apps are smart enough, some aren't. Downloaded apps are the same way. If the app doesn't know to check, you're stuck where it puts it. You can move media into the SD card through the storage settings in your phone though. 

What SD card do I need to take pictures?

SanDisk SD Card

Episode 1548

Chuck from Beverly Hills, MI

Chuck is 81 and is into photography now. He wants to know what the best SD cards are. Leo says that SanDisk is the best card for the money. But there's also Lexar, Prograde, and a host of others. Leo recommends staying with smaller 64GB cards so he's not tempted to keep all of his photos on a single card. If it dies, he's lost everything. So he should get several smaller cards. The real key is how fast the card is. SDXC cards that are Class 10, UHS III are the fastest. But his camera may not support that fast of a card, so he'll have to check.

Can I move my phone apps to the phone's SD card?

SD Card

Episode 1392

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Richard wants to know if moving apps to the SD card will save space. Leo says it can, if he knows how to do it. It's not really easy. Google does have a workaround, through adopted memory, but Leo says it doesn't work very well, depending on what phone he uses. Even if he can do it to save space, he's not saving that much space. The biggest storage hog is data. So why not move the data to the SD card and then keep the app on the phone's internal memory? It's one of the reasons why Apple and Google don't use SD cards.