An Adventurers Guide to GoPro® Device Management and Data Protection

By David Zimmerman, CEO of LC Technology International

Some of the most watched and thrilling YouTube videos feature GoPro devices. Whether someone is diving over a waterfall or the GoPro is attached to an eagle, the device captures amazing images of people or things in motion. They are uniquely suited for water usage, and have become standard equipment for whitewater rafters, kayakers, and surfers due to waterproof construction and easy mounting.

GoPro’s are also exceedingly durable. Skydivers have dropped them while in freefall and they survive the impact unscathed. Despite their strength, these devices are still electronics and they can fail in unexpected ways.  The typical problem affects the data held by the GoPro, not the outside case or any of its construction designed for impact.

Global adventure seekers and backyard enthusiasts should know GoPro data can be lost or corrupted and understand best practices to reduce or eliminate the risks.

Treat Memory Cards with Care

Every GoPro requires a memory card, and these components are fallible. Sometimes the small card simply isn’t made well, and it might write video incorrectly, resulting in corruption and loss. It’s important to give the device a few seconds to finish a recording after you hit “stop.” This is because the device is still writing and properly storing the file, and an abrupt viewing can create holes in the file structure, rendering it unwatchable.

Avoid Consistent and Big Crashes

Watching a GoPro tumble down a mountain after a biking crash might look cool (assuming the biker is alright), but repeated crashes and vibrations can cause file errors. You definitely want to treat it with care when not in the protective housing. Each device has an on/off door which helps keep the SD card secure when it’s being jumbled around.

Saving Nickels to Lose “Dollars”

Avoid buying bargain SD cards in order to save some funds for your next big adventure. Purchase a recognized brand and make sure the card is properly formatted. Keeping the cards clean and dry is also imperative. Designate a dirt-free spot to store the cards when they aren’t on the trail, mountain, beach, or clouds.

Recover from Data Loss

If the GoPro is heavily damaged, don’t be in a rush to check out the “epic fail” or adventure. Instead, power it off and take the device to a qualified data recovery firm. They’ll employ special software that can pull out the video content with minimal or zero loss. If it’s been exposed directly to water then you want to dry it off, but again don’t power it back on. That’s a quick way to zap some of the electronics.

Utilize a Recovery Tool

RescuePRO from LC Technology can pull video from SD cards at a very high success rate. This software tool allows users to inexpensively pull “lost” videos from SD cards. This is useful for people that frequently swap out cards (a habit that can cause corruption) or use old cards that have been rewritten many times. Using an advanced tool such as RescuePro enables adventure seekers to recover files in minutes so they can save and post the next viral video.

The GoPro Isn’t Storage

While the GoPro can fit an incredible amount of video content, it isn’t intended as a storage device. Move your video to multiple backup sources after every adventure. For example, you can carry an external hard drive and move files to the cloud for maximum coverage. Remember that storage is very cheap, but footage of your latest adventure is priceless, so take steps to preserve the content.

If you’re buying a GoPro Hero 4 for $400, then it’s worth taking the time to understand data management and protection. Following these device and data management tips means preserving memories and the chance to share amazing videos with others.


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