Digital Media Survival Tests

A story on the BBC web site presents the results of some durability testing on digital media cards. They took five formats commonly used in digital cameras – CompactFlash, Secure Digital, xD, Memory Stick and Smartmedia – and then subjected them to a number of tests that would destroy most electronic devices, and defintely destroy regular film!Memory cards nailed to a tree (© BBC News)

The tests that the cards survived were:

  • Dipped into cola
  • Put through a washing machine
  • Dunked in coffee
  • Trampled by a skateboard
  • Run over by a child’s toy car
  • Given to a six-year-old boy to destroy

Having survived all of that, they then took it up a level and tried a sledgehammer as well as nailing the cards to a tree. Unsurprisingly, none of the cards survived these tests!

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