It’s the most compact card reader we tested, measuring 2.4 by 1 by 0.4 inches and weighing just 0.3 ounces. The Cable Matters also has an attached, 6-inch cable and a pleasant blue indicator light on top so you know when it’s in use. In testing we found—after wasting time trying to insert them right-side up—that the slots are oriented so you have to insert both SD cards and microSD cards upside down for the card reader to identify them. Once you’ve loaded your microSD and SD cards, you have to flip the card reader back around to see its indicator light.
The specific commands used to lock, unlock, program, or erase NOR memories differ for each manufacturer. To avoid needing unique driver software for every device made, special Common Flash Memory Interface (CFI) commands allow the device to identify itself and its critical operating parameters.
While larger is better, you need to make sure your device can use the larger card. The SD/SDHC/SDXC classification isn’t just for cards, but for devices as well. Older digital cameras can only read SD cards, making SDHC cards useless. Similarly, cameras that aren’t SDXC-compatible won’t accept 64GB cards. Most current devices are SDHC compatible, but double-check your older devices before getting SDHC cards, and check the specs on your newer gear before getting SDXC cards.
I’m sure you could still find a new GameCube at your local electronics or gaming store. Try EBgames, GameStop, or even a BestBuy. New ones should run you $99 or less, but a used one could be as cheap as $50. If you have the money though, you might want to just invest in a Wii since it’s backwards compatible anyways.
If your device is able to use a Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and Secure Digital eXtended Capacity (SDXC) card, you’ll be able to store substantially more photos and videos than traditional SD cards. However, these formats are not backward compatible.
IOGEAR headquartered in Foothill Ranch, CA, offers innovative Consumer Electronics and IT solutions that enable convergence through connectivity in the home, at the office and on the go. Founded in 1999, the company provides a broad range of products that help integrate technologies in everyday life, share resources, decrease clutter and energy consumption, and reduce electronic waste.
Flash memory evolved from erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM) and electrically erasable programmable read-only memory (EEPROM). Flash is technically a variant of EEPROM, but the industry reserves the term EEPROM for byte-level erasable memory and applies the term flash memory to larger block-level erasable memory.
This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (May 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Early versions of the SD specification were available only after agreeing to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that prohibited development of an open source driver. However, the system was eventually reverse-engineered, and free software drivers provided access to SD cards that did not use DRM. Since then, the SDA has provided a simplified version of the specification under a less restrictive license. Although most open-source drivers were written before this, it has helped to solve compatibility issues.
Speed class is a minimum sustained writing performance speed for SD cards. This means that it’s the speed it can write data to the card consistently. Speed class is mainly useful when you’re shopping for a card to use with video recording, since you’ll be continuously writing to the card. The higher the speed class, the more data you can write to the card in the same amount of time. Pay attention to this when deciding what card you need for the desired resolution you’d like to film in.
Jump up ^ “Samsung Electronics Launches the World’s First PCs with NAND Flash-based Solid State Disk”. Press Release. Samsung. 24 May 2006. Archived from the original on 20 December 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2008.
Like other types of flash memory card, an SD card of any SD family is a block-addressable storage device, in which the host device can read or write fixed-size blocks by specifying their block number.
Please note that Wii systems bought in 2011 or later may not be compatible with Nintendo GameCube software, and accessories that use the Nintendo GameCube Controller Sockets. Click here to find out how to identify if a Wii is compatible with Nintendo GameCube software and accessories.
The most common memory cards typically come in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities. However, some high-capacity cards can now hold terabytes (TB) of data. One TB is equal to 1,000GB. Often these larger memory cards are SDXC cards, so you’ll want to check your device and make sure it’s compatible with these cards before purchasing.
EPROM and EEPROM cells operate similarly to flash memory in how data is written, or programmed, but differ from flash memory in how data is erased. An EPROM is erased by removing the chip from the system and exposing the array to ultraviolet light. An EEPROM erases data electronically at the byte level, while flash memory erases data electronically at the block level.
There are 2 options I am aware of: use the Win 10 option to back out the upgrade and go back to the last OS, or buy a new external card reader that plugs into a USB port [and live without the built-in card slot]. The Insignia NS-DCR30A2 USB 3.0 Multiformat Memory Card Reader I bought at Best Buy also works with USB 2 and reads my cards up to and including the 64GB SDXC. (An older external reader I had would not handle the 32 and 64GB cards.)
Like the SanDisk, StarTech’s USB-C Dual UHS-II Card Reader supports UHS-II performance and does not have a microSD card slot. It’s much wider and longer than the competition, and it costs almost 2.5 times the price of the Verbatim for similar performance. It can read two SD cards simultaneously, although you lose some speed in the process.
Jump up ^ Yinug, Christopher Falan (July 2007). “The Rise of the Flash Memory Market: Its Impact on Firm Behavior and Global Semiconductor Trade Patterns” (PDF). Journal of International Commerce and Economics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 May 2008. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
One source states that, in 2008, the flash memory industry includes about US$9.1 billion in production and sales. Other sources put the flash memory market at a size of more than US$20 billion in 2006, accounting for more than eight percent of the overall semiconductor market and more than 34 percent of the total semiconductor memory market. In 2012, the market was estimated at $26.8 billion.
What’s even scarier – the dead device becomes very hot when plugged in! To me, this indicates that the reader was NOT designed for becoming hot, and became damaged from the heat. Furthermore, it means that the power circuitry is faulty – why would a non-working device draw that much power to become painfully hot? Because of these problems, it becomes very dangerous to plug into a computer. Most modern computers come with current protection to prevent anything bad from happening due to faulty devices, but I wouldn’t take that chance.
Over half the energy used by a 1.8 V NAND flash chip is lost in the charge pump itself. Since boost converters are inherently more efficient than charge pumps, researchers developing low-power SSDs have proposed returning to the dual Vcc/Vpp supply voltages used on all the early flash chips, driving the high Vpp voltage for all flash chips in a SSD with a single shared external boost converter.
The speed class rating does not totally characterize card performance. Different cards of the same class may vary considerably while meeting class specifications. A card’s speed depends on many factors, including:
Cards often have a multiplication factor written on them which usually represents read speed (such as 133x, 200x, 300x, etc). This is called the ‘Commercial x rating’ with 1x being equivalent to the speed of the original CD-ROM of 150 KB/sec. This makes it easy to convert between the two by multiplying or dividing by 150. So, 200x will equate to 1 seconds to read a 29.5MB image file (200 x 150 = 30,000/1016 = 29.528).
There remain some aspects of flash-based SSDs that make them unattractive. The cost per gigabyte of flash memory remains significantly higher than that of hard disks. Also flash memory has a finite number of P/E cycles, but this seems to be currently under control since warranties on flash-based SSDs are approaching those of current hard drives. In addition, deleted files on SSDs can remain for an indefinite period of time before being overwritten by fresh data; erasure or shred techniques or software that work well on magnetic hard disk drives have no effect on SSDs, compromising security and forensic examination.
Jump up ^ “At Long Last, Nintendo Proclaims: Let the Brawls Begin on Wii!” (Press release). Nintendo. March 10, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2008. The previous installment in the series, Super Smash Bros. Melee, is the best-selling game for Nintendo GameCube with 7.09 million copies sold worldwide.
If you use only SD and microSD cards, you should get the Cable Matters USB 3.1 Type-C Dual Slot Card Reader. The Cable Matters reader has similar speeds to the IOGear and Transcend readers, but it doesn’t support CF cards. It’s smaller, lighter, and cheaper than our other top picks, plus it has good speeds and an indicator light. It also comes with only a one-year warranty.
At this time, all the leading digital camera manufacturers used SD in their consumer product lines, including Canon, Casio, Fujifilm, Kodak, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Samsung, and Sony. Formerly, Olympus and Fujifilm used XD-Picture Cards (xD cards) exclusively, while Sony only used Memory Stick; by early 2010 all three supported SD.
The microSD format was made by the company SanDisk. It was first called T-Flash, and then TransFlash, before being named microSD when it started to be used by the SD Card Association (SDA). Other flash card formats approved by the SDA include miniSD and standard SD card.
Since late 2009, newer Apple computers with installed SD card readers have been able to boot in macOS from SD storage devices, when properly formatted to Mac OS Extended file format and the default partition table set to GUID Partition Table. (See Other file systems below).
Jump up ^ Hatanaka, T. and Takeuchi, K. “4-times faster rising VPASS (10V), 15% lower power VPGM (20V), wide output voltage range voltage generator system for 4-times faster 3D-integrated solid-state drives” Archived 13 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. 2011.
The miniSD form was introduced at March 2003 CeBIT by SanDisk Corporation which announced and demonstrated it. The SDA adopted the miniSD card in 2003 as a small form factor extension to the SD card standard. While the new cards were designed especially for mobile phones, they are usually packaged with a miniSD adapter that provides compatibility with a standard SD memory card slot.
Addresses in the following State Codes AK, HI, AE, AP, AA, PR, GU, MP, PW, AS, VI, FM and APO/FPO addresses with U.S. ZIP Codes will ship for free with value shipping. You will see this noted in checkout.
Windows Phone 8 devices use SD cards designed for access only by the phone manufacturer or mobile provider. An SD card inserted into the phone underneath the battery compartment becomes locked “to the phone with an automatically generated key” so that “the SD card cannot be read by another phone, device, or PC”. Symbian devices, however, are some of the few that can perform the necessary low-level format operations on locked SD cards. It is therefore possible to use a device such as the Nokia N8 to reformat the card for subsequent use in other devices.
I think it’s pretty cool you can use standard SD and Micro SD in it, but I opted to use my 16GB Micro SDHC from my old phone because standard SD sticks WAY out (be sure to insert the Micro SD upside down). The Micro SD still sticks out from the side of the reader about 1/4″, and I’m curious to know why they couldn’t have designed the reader to accept Micro SD from the rear of it so you won’t accidentally tug on it when inserting/removing the reader.
If you just bought a brand-new laptop and suddenly find yourself lacking a built-in SD reader, you may need a USB-C model. All of the latest MacBooks (including the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models) have only USB-C ports, and no SD card readers. Some new Windows laptops exclusively use USB-C ports, too, and others have a mix of USB types and no built-in SD card slot.
Generally, if you want to shoot HD video or if you plan on taking a lot of high-resolution photos in quick succession (or use a digital SLR’s RAW image file format), buy a Class 10 card. If you’re planning to just take snapshots or occasionally show videos, Class 4 or Class 6 will do. Since even smartphones can record HD video these days, Class 2 cards aren’t the best choice. They’re simply too slow to record HD video, so you’re limiting your device’s features. The price difference between Class 4, Class 6, and Class 10 cards can vary, but not vastly. At the time of this writing, on Newegg.com, 32GB SDHC cards made by Kingston Technology were available in Class 4 for $54, Class 6 for $66, and $73 for Class 10. UHS-1 cards are much, much more expensive than the other cards; Kingston was offering a 32 GB UHS-1 SD card for $293, and that was on sale. Unless you’re a professional who needs absolute certainty in speed when dealing with very large images or high-bitrate video, you don’t need UHS-1. In fact, unless you have professional or semi-professional equipment, you probably won’t even be able to use these cards. Always check your device’s documentation for support information before you commit to a memory card.
The standard SD card is the largest and has been in use the longest, measuring 32 by 24 by 2.1 mm (HWD), weighing 2 grams, and showing the signature cut-corner profile SD cards are known for. Most digital cameras you can buy today use standard-size SD cards. Even though they’re the largest SD card, they’re still very small, and are dwarfed by the CompactFlash cards used by professional photographers in high-end digital cameras, like the $5,000 Canon 1D Mark IV. However, the cards can get even smaller.
UHS-II standard SDHC/SDXC cards were recently released by Sandisk and aim to offer quicker transfer rates, increasing write speeds up to 250MB/s or faster. The Sandisk Extreme Pro cards match up with the sheer amount of data streaming through the camera’s buffer when shooting lots of Raw files or high quality HD movies. Prices can range between around £50-£150 depending on the capacity (currently 16-64GB).
The SanDisk Standard SD memory card has a blank writeable white space on the front of the card, making it easy to identify your different cards. Use one memory card for all your vacation photos, and another for all your favorite music–the label makes it easy to see which is which at a glance. Rather than inserting cards into your digital device to review the content, simply look at the label and go.
Anecdotal evidence suggests NAND flash drives are not wearing out to the degree once feared. Flash drive manufacturers have improved endurance and reliability through error correction code algorithms, wear leveling and other technologies.
In February 2014, SanDisk announced a new microSD card, the MicroSDXC. At the time, the cards held up to 128GB. To enable this amount of storage capacity on a removable microSD card, SanDisk developed a proprietary technique that allows for 16 memory die to be vertically stacked, each shaved to be thinner than a strand of hair. At the time of their release, these cards had capacities ranging from 8GB to 128GB, with the prices ranging from $29.99 to $199.99. 
After a new round of research and testing, we found that the Unitek USB-C Card Reader is the best USB-C SD card reader for most people. Our previous pick, the Iogear USB-C 3-Slot Card Reader, is now our runner-up. We have a new, less-expensive UHS-II SD reader recommendation, the Verbatim USB-C Pocket Card Reader, and our budget and USB-A picks remain the same.
A SDIO (Secure Digital Input Output) card is an extension of the SD specification to cover I/O functions. SDIO cards are only fully functional in host devices designed to support their input-output functions (typically PDAs like the Palm Treo, but occasionally laptops or mobile phones). These devices can use the SD slot to support GPS receivers, modems, barcode readers, FM radio tuners, TV tuners, RFID readers, digital cameras, and interfaces to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and IrDA. Many other SDIO devices have been proposed, but it is now more common for I/O devices to connect using the USB interface.
In January 2009, the SDA announced the SDXC family, which supports cards up to 2 TB and speeds up to 300 MB/s. It features mandatory support for the exFAT filesystem.
In 1999, SanDisk, Matsushita, and Toshiba agreed to develop and market the Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card. The card was derived from the MultiMediaCard (MMC) and provided digital rights management based on the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) standard and for the time, a high memory density.
The IOGear USB-C 3-Slot Card Reader is the best SD card reader for most people because it’s affordable (usually less than $20) and produced fast speeds during our SD, microSD, and CF tests, every single time.
Like most memory card formats, SD is covered by numerous patents and trademarks. Royalties for SD card licences are imposed for manufacture and sale of memory cards and host adapters (US$1,000/year plus membership at US$1,500/year), but SDIO cards can be made without royalties.