I have had zero cards fail in 9 years now. I have inadvertantly formatted a couple and am happy to report that the recovery software from both SanDisk and Lexar recovered all of the images I formatted and a lot of previous ones as well. I did lose one card in Baghdad. The key is to stop using any of the cards that have been formatted ASAP before you write new images over the old. Anyone who grew up with DOS (pre windows operating system) knows that when images or any files are deleted, only the first letter of the file name is deleted, and it is replaced by a character. Recovery consists of replacing that character with one that the recovery software recognizes and then reading the new filenames. Second caution: I use a maximum of 8gb cards. Even with 14-bit RAW images and a medium jpg for newspaper use when I am in a hurry, these cards hold 250 images and are available in the $40-45 range when on sale. That's all the eggs I can tolerate in one basket -- not because of failure, which I have never had -- but because of fear of loss.