SD Cards Longevity question

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  1. thedoc46

    thedoc46 n3wb

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    Hi,

    So i've read that SD cards are notoriously unreliable in DashCams and IP camera's, being the heat and constant writes. Apparently Sandisk make one that's somewhat more durable to the higher / colder temps.

    Just wondering, what has your experience been with an SD card's longevity. I'm currently running a sandisk 32gb in my Cobra DriveHD, that i picked up from Costco... It's hardwired in and stays put in the blazing SW Floridan sunshine all throughout the day, even to the point that the dashcam is too hot to touch.. and its been fine thus far.. mind you, i've only had it in the car for a couple of months.
     
  2. bp2008

    bp2008 Staff Member

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    I don't think I have ever had an SD card fail, though the most demanding place I've ever put one is in my cell phone (behind the battery) where it no doubt gets warm but not too hot. Either that or in the Hikvision camera in my Kitchen. It records on motion only and has written hundreds of gigabytes in its lifetime, about a year so far. It is only a 16 GB microSD and only holds about a week of data before overwriting old clips. Though to be fair I have not checked on it since January so for all I know it has stopped working since then.

    I have never run an SD card in a hot or constant-writing situation.
     
  3. stevejay

    stevejay Young grasshopper

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    When it comes to micro SDs, I buy cheapo no-name brands on sale. After almost two years I haven't had one tank on me yet. I run 64gb in three Axis cams — IP cameras, not dash cams— but two of them record a continuous 24/7 low-res stream + high res motion clips and are mounted in windows exposed to direct sun a substantial part of the day. So far, so good. Even if one of them turned out to be a clunker, I think the money I've saved thus far versus buying expensive SanDisk High Endurance cards, for example, still makes it worth it. I check the cams daily to make sure they're all still recording okay. That's just my experience. Your mileage may vary ...
     
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  4. epcjay

    epcjay Getting the hang of it

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    Don't buy Lexar branded SD cards. Has 2 fail on me after about 10 months.
     
  5. SyconsciousAu

    SyconsciousAu Pulling my weight

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    The Sandisk Extreme and Panasonic Gold seem to be highly recommended for longevity but they are expensive. I use Sandisk Extreme Pro in my DSLR but don't know that I could justify the price premium for a cctv camera, especially when they can cost half as much as the camera, and I get good mileage from the no name brands.
     
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  6. Razer

    Razer Pulling my weight

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    SanDisk cards not not real popular in a lot a dashcam forums but the main reason for this is that they are faked all the time and people have issues. Then you try and run down the issues and find out it was a fake purchased from ebay or somewhere. I have yet to kill a SD card, they are lasting longer than dash cams in many cases lol. I have used at least 6 brands and no issues yet.

    I've been using Samsung EVO cards mostly and some others with no issues.
     
  7. Del Boy

    Del Boy Getting comfortable

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    This x2

    Samsung EVO my go to card nowadays.
     
  8. Zorac

    Zorac Getting the hang of it

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    Ive had good luck with sandisk ultra and extreme cards. i have had a sandisk regular one fail on me, and a PNY. both failures were likely due to high volumes of writes from being in a dashcam. the pny didnt last very long at all though. both gave me warranty replacements though with no issue. the sandisk was about 4.5 years old (not all in a dash cam), the pny only a few months.
     
  9. epcjay

    epcjay Getting the hang of it

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    My patriot and Kingston card seems to be ok.
     
  10. whoslooking

    whoslooking Known around here

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    SD cards only seem to fail, if removed while being inuse by the device.
    If you have to remove it power it down 1st.
     
  11. Michelin Man

    Michelin Man Getting the hang of it

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    Some dashcams don't like sandisk cards at all, they'll probably work for a bit then just stop. I believe it was the G1W that had issues, although I've run sandisk in my G1WH with no issues. However, I run a transcend card as I don't want it to fail when I need it.

    There are soo many fakes, and copies of copies it's unbelievable, don't know what's real anymore. I go on ebay and look at a few sellers who have sold thousands of sandisk cards for half the price of what you pay in the shops. No idea if they're real or not.

    Cams can be picky, so one card might work for one and not for the other, even though it's the same camera.
     
  12. scn101

    scn101 Getting the hang of it

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    I'll second that. Sandisk are great quality but my mini 0805 kept locking up after about 10 mins of recording and then rebooting with a Sandisk Ultra Class 10 UHS-1 128GB card. Swapped in a Samsung EVO Class 10 UHS-1 128GB card, no issues at all. I tested both cards with H2testw and they both passed the 128GB test, so I don't think they are counterfeit cards.
     
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    digging up 6mo old threads huh? ok i'll bite.

    Ive got stacks of dead flash chips, Samsung Pro's are giving me the best results lately.. often hear advice in reviews: this card is too fast for older devices, ignore that nonsence.. your going for the higher quality flash memory and the better seek and random speeds are well within your devices capability to utilize.

    SanDisks give me the most Grief.. but then again I run most of these in embedded micro controllers with more random write loads than a camera will have
     
  14. Ouch

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    Like a few of the others above, I found my mini 0803 didn't like Sandisc cards, but works faultlessly with Kingston cards. Makes me wonder if the Sandisc ones are dodgy, as counterfeit SD cards seems to be big business at the moment
     
  15. mando209

    mando209 Getting the hang of it

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    I have samsung 64gb micro sd card in a hik 2120 cam.cam is under a porch.sun hits it in the morning.temps Been 80-88 last couple of weeks and so far so good.bought the Microsd from walmart online.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  16. Mangonesailor

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    I've had 3 scan disks mess up on me within 1.5yrs. I only use samsung evos in all of my cameras (trail cams, dash cams, etc..). Work fine for me.
     
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  18. Michelin Man

    Michelin Man Getting the hang of it

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    Memory card manufacturers now sell purpose built memory cards for dash cams and surveillance cameras. They use MLC technology which has higher durability than the typical cheaper TLC technology.

    The memory cards you want are generally listed as 'High Endurance'. Such as linked above, Sandisk and Transcend have their own versions as well.
     
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    triumph202 Pulling my weight

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    I run a few dash cams. I was a fan of Sandisk until I had one of their Ultras die on me- it's permanently write protected (which is apparently what happens when they die.) Bought from Amazon and sold by Amazon so it shouldn't be a fake. It could be 3 or more years old.

    I do live where it gets over 40 degrees C regularly in Summer- so they are tested in hot conditions. I've swapped to some Lexars, a couple of their high endurance variety Amazon.com: Lexar High-Endurance microSDXC 64GB UHS-I/U1 Card with SD Adapter (LSDMI64GBBNLHEA): Computers & Accessories and I'm also trying a Samsung EVO Select.