Originally Posted by hgrunwell
I've had a run of bad luck lately with sd cards, even name brands. Over the last two years I've burnt through 5-6 of them. Various different failures and lost data. I wonder if I'm primarily getting the fake ones this thread mentions.
Is there any way to verify the authenticity of a card?
I try to make sure to buy from a reputable retailer and not from smaller sellers. Nothing against most small sellers, but enough of the time, even when I'm buying an item listed as "Genuine" I have gotten fakes. This goes for things like camera accessories, batteries, etc.
For example, I would buy a card "Sold and shipped by Amazon" but not one sold by a no-name seller on the Amazon marketplace.
In addition, I try to cross shop several retailers to see what a "reasonable" price should be. If most sellers have the item listed at ~$60 and I find it for $23.99 online... I feel that in most cases is probably too good to be true.
Saving a little bit of money isn't worth the risk of potentially losing ALL of my data.
I try to do backups regularly, but sometimes it isn't always possible or I forget.