SD xD Flash memory cards

It's nice to know that when you slam your smartphone or digital camera across the room in frustration that at least the the precious memory card inside will survive. Some tests by Digital Camera Shopper found that those tiny Flash memory cards are far hardier than you'd expect, with most of the CompactFlash, SD, xD, Memory Stick, and SmartMedia cards they tested surviving being dipped into soda, put through a washing machine, dunked in coffee, run over by a skateboard, and given to a six-year-old boy to play with. The only tests which stopped the cards cold were them being smashed by a sledgehammer or nailed to a tree, and even after those assaults it was still possible to extract some picture files from the xD and SmartMedia cards tested.

[Thanks, Mike and Neil]

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Flash attack: memory cards sturdier than you'd think