SD cards

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.

Why can't my camera read my SD cards?

Pentax istD

Episode 1367

Evelyn from Kenai Peninsula, AL

Evelyn fears she's broken her camera because her SD cards can't be read. Leo suspects that she pulled out the card while it was writing and it damaged the reader in the camera. She may be able to reset the camera, which she can find information for in the manual. That could bring it back to default settings, which could solve the problem. She could also download the firmware for the camera and reflash it.

Can I play movies from an SD card on my Blu-ray player?

SanDisk Connect 64GB Wireless Media Drive

Episode 1347

Jim from Maryland

Jim has all his movies backed up on his network. He'd like to use an SD card to plug in and watch that way. Leo says he can, but he'll have to be sure it's in a specific format by the Blu-ray player, so check he should check his manual. If he's wanting it for travel, he should check out the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive. Its designed to connect to a smartphone and then he can stream to the TV via DNLA. It has a 10 hour battery life too, which is great for a road trip.