Compatibility: Supporting Media List: SD/SDHC: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MicroSDXC, SD-Pro, SD-Pleomax, SD-Pro C, Ultra II SD, Ultra II Plus SD, SD-Extreme III, SD-Ultra X, SD-Turbo, SD-Supper, SD Max, Mini SD, Mini SD-Pro, Mini SD-Pleomax, MMC, MMC-Pleomax, MMC Pro, HS-MMC, MMC Plus, MMC-Plus Turbo, RS MMC, RS MMC-Pleomax, RS MMC-Speed, RS MMC-Max, MMC Mobile, MMC Mobile-ProC, MMC Mobile-Pocketnet, MMC Micro* microSD / microSDHC: microSD / microSDHC, T-Flash * Adapter required.
At 2.2 inches wide, the Unitek is a little broader than all of our other picks (even the bulky Kingston USB 3.0 High-Speed Media Reader), but it’s only 2.4 inches long, around a half inch shorter than most of the competition. It also comes with a white, 12-inch connecting cable attached to its back. It’s easily pocketable and very light at 2.2 ounces, and its glossy silver finish makes it better-looking than some of the other card readers we’ve tested.
Official pin numbers for each card type (top to bottom): MMC, SD, miniSD, microSD. This shows the evolution from the older MMC, on which SD is based. NOTE: This drawing doesn’t show 8 new UHS-II contacts that were added in spec 4.0.
The Unitek was fast and stable when we tested its SD, microSD, and CF speeds—many other readers gave us inconsistent results or didn’t work at all. The Unitek can also read two cards simultaneously—although you lose some speed when transferring data from both cards at once. It doesn’t support UHS-II speeds, but there aren’t any USB-C readers that support both CF and UHS-II SD cards yet. The Unitek is small and light, with a long attached cable and a useful indicator light so you can see when your card is connected or transferring data. It comes with a two-year warranty, about the same as its competitors.
IOGEAR’s GFR204SD Secure Digital cards are ubiquitous in consumer electronic devices and have become the dominant means of storing several gigabytes of data in a small form factor. This new product supports the very latest memory cards available in today’s market, SDXC (Secure Digital Extended Capacity). The SD/MicroSD/MMC Card Reader/Writer is a solution for hi-speed, bi-directional image and data transfer. Images and data can be transferred quickly from Secure Digital Card (SD), MultiMedia Card (MMC), or MicroSD memory cards to PCs or Macs.
V-NAND uses a charge trap flash geometry (pioneered in 2002 by AMD) that stores charge on an embedded silicon nitride film. Such a film is more robust against point defects and can be made thicker to hold larger numbers of electrons. V-NAND wraps a planar charge trap cell into a cylindrical form.
Many of Nintendo’s own first-party games, such as Super Smash Bros. Melee and Mario Kart: Double Dash‼, saw strong sales, though this did not typically benefit third-party developers or directly drive sales of their games. Many cross-platform games — such as sports franchises released by Electronic Arts — were sold in numbers far below their PlayStation 2 and Xbox counterparts, eventually prompting some developers to scale back or completely cease support for the GameCube. Exceptions include Sega’s family friendly Sonic Adventure 2 and Super Monkey Ball, which reportedly yielded more sales on GameCube than most of the company’s games on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. After several years of losing money from developing for Nintendo’s console, Eidos Interactive announced in September 2003 that it would end support for the GameCube, canceling several games that were in development. Later, however, Eidos resumed development of GameCube games, releasing hit games such as Lego Star Wars: The Video Game and Tomb Raider: Legend. In addition, several third-party games originally intended to be GameCube exclusives – most notably Resident Evil 4 – were eventually ported to other systems in an attempt to maximize profits following lackluster sales of the original GameCube versions.
When an SD is inserted, the driver appears in the device manager and a drive letter is assigned. An update request indicates the driver is up-to-date. Uninstalling and reinstalling the driver does not help. There were popups asking to reformat the card, but don’t do it because the card is not the problem. Win 7 read all my cards just fine, and Win 10 does not.
The SD Standard allows usage of only the above-mentioned Microsoft FAT file systems and any card produced in the market shall be preloaded with the related standard file system upon its delivery to the market. If any application or user re-formats the card with a non-standard file system the proper operation of the card, including interoperability, cannot be assured.
Look no further than this guide for your NAND flash memory essentials. Your copy includes an in-depth breakdown of SLC, MLC and TLC NAND, a performance and cost comparison of NAND vs. DRAM and NOR, and how the NAND flash shortage affects SSD supply and pricing.
The Kingston had read and write speeds of 159 MB/s and 127 MB/s, respectively, during our SD card test. In our microSD card test, it had expected read and write speeds of 83 MB/s and 69 MB/s. It was a bit slower when reading and writing to a CF card, with speeds of 127 MB/s and 107 MB/s.
If your camera uses SD cards but your laptop lacks a card reader (or it has one, and you’re unimpressed by its speed), you’ll need a separate card reader that hooks up to your laptop via USB-C or USB-A to transfer your photos and videos.
A hybrid flash array blends disk and SSDs. Hybrid arrays use SSDs as a cache to speed access to frequently requested hot data, which subsequently is rewritten to back-end disk. Many enterprises commonly archive data from disk as it ages by replicating it to an external magnetic tape library.
Paper data storage (1725) Drum memory (1932) Magnetic-core memory (1949) Plated wire memory (1957) Core rope memory (1960s) Thin-film memory (1962) Disk pack (1962) Twistor memory (–1968) Bubble memory (–1970) Floppy disk (1971)
The main disadvantages of flash memory are the wear-out mechanism and cell-to-cell interference as the dies get smaller. Bits can fail with excessively high numbers of program/erase cycles, which eventually break down the oxide layer that traps electrons. The deterioration can distort the manufacturer-set threshold value at which a charge is determined to be a zero or a one. Electrons may escape and get stuck in the oxide insulation layer, leading to errors and bit rot.
CompactFlash (CF) cards offer very high storage capacities and fast processing times. They were first introduced by Sandisk in 1994 and were widely used, but now they are usually only found in the most advanced DSLRs. Last year Canon chose CompactFlash as the recording media for use in its new lineup of professional high definiton (HD) video cameras.
Faster, more sophisticated cameras and camcorders, such as DSLR and mirrorless cameras, action cams, and even high-end point-and-shoot cameras have more capabilities that require different features from a memory card. HD, 4K Ultra HD, slow motion and high-speed burst shots require a lot faster speed and greater capacity from a memory card. To properly store these files, you’ll need cards with a higher write speed to keep up (see Write Speed below for more information). A memory card with higher write speeds will help prevent camera lag, recording failures and other performance issues. Larger memory card capacity will provide ample space for high-resolution photos and video so you won’t run out of memory when it matters most.
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SDXC was announced at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2009 (January 7–10, 2009). At the same show, SanDisk and Sony also announced a comparable Memory Stick XC variant with the same 2 TB maximum as SDXC, and Panasonic announced plans to produce 64 GB SDXC cards.
Micro SD cards were initially a popular method of storing images in mobile phones. In actual size they are the smallest commercially available memory card at 15×11×1mm but can store up to 2GB of information. The Micro SDHC versions are able to store much larger files from 4GB-32GB. Micro SD cards are now more commonly seen in GPS systems and MP3 players, however a small number of digital cameras (recent Samsung compact models) are also compatible with them.
SD cards are also available in various speeds. If you’re using a point-and-shoot digital camera or a standard-definition pocket camcorder, speed class won’t matter much. If you’re shooting high-resolution RAW photos with a digital SLR, however, you need a quick card to take more than two or three shots at a time. SD cards are generally described by their Speed Class, ranging from Class 2 (slowest) to Class 10 (fastest). There’s also a separate, even faster category called UHS Class 1 (for Ultra High Speed), but most current devices can’t use them.
Nevertheless, in order to be fully compliant with the SDXC card specification, many SDXC-capable host devices are firmware-programmed to expect exFAT on cards larger than 32 GB. Consequently, they may not accept SDXC cards reformatted as FAT32, even if the device supports FAT32 on smaller cards (for SDHC compatibility). Therefore, even if a file system is supported in general, it is not always possible to use alternative file systems on SDXC cards at all depending on how strictly the SDXC card specification has been implemented in the host device. This bears a risk of accidental loss of data, as a host device may treat a card with an unrecognized file system as blank or damaged and reformat the card.
Hope in the future that Amazon punishes vendors who ship inferior, counterfeit, or products different than described or pictured. Right now, the only way I see to determine if this might be the case is to S L O W L Y read the 1 and 2 Star reviews for a product. Four or maybe even two years ago, you could comfortably make a purchase based on 4-Stars or above. No more – especially on these commodity products where confusion exists regarding product specifications. [On this product alone: SD vs. SDXC vs. SDHC; Suitability of Capacity; Choice of writing speed for application. For in-depth information see SDCard dot ORG] An overall rating is NO LONGER a sufficient criterion for a purchasing decision since many of these commodity type products have their reviews gamed by paid reviewers.
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I searched for advice on how to fix this – consensus seemed to be to uninstall the SDA driver and reinstall it. Fine – except I cannot find a place to download the driver! I have an integrated SD Card reader in my ASUS X012B Notebook PC
Poor quality, significant overheating, and potentially dangerous, faulty power circuit. Cheaper does not necessarily mean better. Go with the Transcend USB 3.0 SD/MicroSD Card Reader and save yourself the headache.
The speed class rating was based on request from movie and video companies, as video recording in different formats and resolutions requires certain write speeds when recording to the card. As a result, the goal of the class ratings is to allow consumers to easily identify cards that meet the minimum level of required performance based on their use or application of the host device. Below is a listing of typical applications for each speed class.
Many personal computers of all types, including tablets and mobile phones, use SD cards, either through built-in slots or through an active electronic adapter. Adapters exist for the PC card, ExpressBus, USB, FireWire, and the parallel printer port. Active adapters also let SD cards be used in devices designed for other formats, such as CompactFlash. The FlashPath adapter lets SD cards be used in a floppy disk drive.
Since 2010, new products of Sony (previously only using Memory Stick) and Olympus (previously only using XD-Card) have been offered with an additional SD-Card slot. Effectively the format war has turned in SD-Card’s favor.
NAND devices also require bad block management by the device driver software, or by a separate controller chip. SD cards, for example, include controller circuitry to perform bad block management and wear leveling. When a logical block is accessed by high-level software, it is mapped to a physical block by the device driver or controller. A number of blocks on the flash chip may be set aside for storing mapping tables to deal with bad blocks, or the system may simply check each block at power-up to create a bad block map in RAM. The overall memory capacity gradually shrinks as more blocks are marked as bad.
Like the Unitek, the Iogear was fast and gave us the speeds we expected from each card. It had read and write speeds of 93 MB/s and 87 MB/s, respectively, during our SD card test, and read and write speeds of 93 MB/s and 73 MB/s during our microSD card test. In our CF card test, it had read and write speeds of 155 MB/s and 139 MB/s. It cannot read multiple cards at once, though.
SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards have a “Protected Area” on the card for the SD standard’s security function; a standard formatter may erase it, causing problems if security is used. The SD Association provides freely-downloadable SD Formatter software to overcome these problems for Windows and Mac OS X. The SD Formatter does not format the “Protected Area”, and the Association recommends the use of appropriate application software or SD-compatible device that provides SD security function to format the “Protected Area” in the memory card.
Several manufacturers make microSD cards and they consume different amounts of electrical power. Most are in the range of 0-100 mA at a supply voltage of 3.3 V. TwinMos technologies says that the cards carry a maximum of 45 mA during transfer. Toshiba lists 80-100 mA.
I have had the same problem with my Dell XPS L502x but the SD card reader will read the slow cards 4gb but when I put a 32 GB xtream it will not read so I have to use a USB card reader , I also have trouble now with the integrated web-cam this will not work through the Windows applications but have done a test online and it works, I have tried bios upgrades and there are no updates on the drives so like we all have been left high and dry !!