In this blog post, we discuss acceptable practices to be saved when using your camera, to prevent potential problems and make sure you always record. We will hate hearing that someone involved in an accident and camera did not capture evidence on the film!
It is important to format a periodical SD card on your mini camera. Because it generates the nature of the fragmented file from the recording that continues to start and stop (when you turn on and turn off your car), it’s a good idea to do maintenance on your dash memory card.
Sometimes this partial file can end up “clog your memory card, which leads to performance problems or” full card “errors. A study conducted on a flash memory card shows that “fragmentation can have a serious impact on flash drive performance, especially during writing operations”.
Just like changing your car’s oil or defragment on your computer’s hard drive, some simple ways can keep your camera operate in the top conditions. We recommend fully formatting (cleaning) your memory card at least once a month. Formatting can be done through the menu on the Dash Cam screen itself, or by inserting a memory card to your computer (via a card reader), then take the following steps:
Step 1: Choose a memory card.
Choose a memory card.
Right-click on your memory card after Windows recognize it and choose “Format.”
Step 2: Format the card
Un-check or de-select options for “Fast Format”. In this way, we make sure the card is fully formatted and ready to use and then click “Start”. After the format is complete, right-click again on the memory card and select “Eject”. Then replace it on your dashboard cam, and you’re good to go!
To format a micro SD card through your PC, please follow these steps:
Step 1) Make sure the microSD card is inserted into the adapter.
Step 2) Enter the adapter (with a microSD card in the adapter) to the laptop.
Step 3) After entering, the window must appear to show what’s on the SD card. You will see “this PC” on the sidebar option in this window, please and click “This PC.”
Step 4) This will show you a general description of your PC content, under the “device and drive” you will see your SD card and how much space is free on the menu. You are usually named “SDHC”.
Step 5) Right-click on your SD card name “SDHC.”
Step 6) After right-clicking on your SD card, the drop-down menu will appear, and you will see the “Format …” option, click the button to bring up the Format window.
Step 7) Leave the existing default settings and click “Start.”
Step 8) After the format is complete, click “Close” then right-click on your SD card and select “Eject.”
To format a micro SD card through your Mac computer, please follow these steps:
Step 1) Connect the memory card reader to the computer.
Step 2) Make sure the microSD card is inserted into the adapter.
Step 3) Enter the adapter (with a microSD card in the adapter) to the SD card reader.
Step 4) Double-click “Macintosh HD”.
Step 5) Select “Application”.
Step 6) Double-click “utility”.
Step 7) Double-click the “Disk Utilities”.
Step 8) Select the SD card on the left side of the window. This will be named something similar to “SDHC”, “No name” or “without the title”
Step 9) Click the “Delete” tab in the middle of the window.
Step 10) Click, on the drop-down “Format” menu and select “MS-DOS (FAT)” if the 32GB or smaller card. If there is a bigger one, please select “ExFAT”.
Step 11) Pop up will appear asking, “Are you sure you want to delete the partition” SD card name? “Please and click” Delete “, then the computer starts the format.
Warning: Formatting will delete all data on the device. Please back up your data that you want to save before continuing.
The importance of formatting your Micro SD card
The process of formatting a micro SD card or memory card is preparing a flash device for data storage. It wipes the SD card cleaned by removing existing data and information on the menu and creating a new file system in the process.
I know you might think, “But my camera has a loop recording function, why do I need to format the SD card?”. Even though Camera recorded the old recording, it was still possible for the previous data fragments left on the memory card. This data’s remains can accumulate and make cards more susceptible to data or corruption errors that might cause caused by your footage or damaged files.
Taking into this matter, I suggest formatting your Micro SD card on the computer before the first use for the right size. Next, you can format the micro SD card in your camera. You also have the option to take advantage of the “Warning Format” feature that allows you to set a reminder that will appear on your camera to remind you every 15, 30, or 60 days.
Before you format your Micro SD card, always remember to save whatever clip or recording photo you want to keep before formatting. It will delete all data on the Micro SD card during the formatting process.