I just had a Lexar Professional 64GB 150 MB/s 1000X SDXCII fail last night when I tried to take a moon shot. My camera gave me a message about memory card failure. I tried to format the card, but it still would not work. I brought it home and tried it in my computer and the computer could not even read the drive, so the card was corrupted. I had only used about 20% of the card and lost some cool shots I had taken.
I checked on the web and discovered user-reviews on various sites about some of these cards failing.
My camera is an Olympus mirrorless OMD-Mark2.
Luckily I bought the card at BestBuy (Canada) and they exchanged it for another one (which I hope won't fail).
Has anyone else been having trouble with memory cards failing?
I have at least 3 set of that Lexar version. I use a 32GB for RAW and a 16GB for JPG as my camera has two slots. These cards have been rotated in and out of my cameras since 2015 with no issues. I have a rule of thumb that I limit the images to no more then 800 on a card. I remember reading something about that and found that if iI exceed that the camera creates a second directory for file storage. Based on my file size, that number of images comes very close to filling it up.
I copy my images by using the SD slot on my computer/external drive and format in camera only.
Sorry to hear about the issue - good luck with the new one. Did you try to use the recovery software on the old card?
Pat - I've had one card fail me (I don't remember what brand). I was fortunate that my camera said it couldn't save to it via error notification. Also fortunate in that my camera (Nikon D7100) has two slots and it switched to the 2nd card. This failure and yours fills the prophecy - "It's not if a drive (even flash cards) will fail - but when!" This applies to all makes and brands. I used a recovery program that was able to go in and find the photos and save the photos from the bad card.
Frank - I never hear about limiting the images - but it makes sense. Even with hard drives - they say to NOT to fill it all the way up. I guess it's like everyone (and everything) needs some breathing room.
Hey Frank, I gave up the card to BestBuy. I tried to download the recovery software with the replacement card, but the website listed is no longer supporting the cards/software. ....so I am now loading the RAW files from my new card to my computer via my camera software; but I am not deleting any files from my computer-to-card, nor within the camera. ...and like you, I have always left room on the memory cards I use up. Got some "red moon" (due to smoke) shots last night with my new card - so far, so good - no memory card failure message! This is the first time this has happened to me and I've used numerous cards before; however, alarm bells went off when I read customer feedback regarding quite a few card failures - something to do with imitations coming out from China and flooding the market. (..no offense intended to China....)