Dave, thanks. There wasn’t an item as you suggested under “disk drives” – but after rebooting the notebook with the SD Card inserted, I can now see an SD Host Adaptor (“SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller”).
Connector: Because most new laptops have at least one USB-C port (and some now have only USB-C ports), we focused on USB-C card readers for this review. USB-C is the latest USB standard with a small, reversible connector that has begun to replace the larger, rectangular USB-A standard that you’ve seen on computers for the past 20 years. USB-C indicates the shape of the physical connector, but not necessarily the data transfer speed or power delivery speed—it can support USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2, or Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Although it seems redundant, a USB-C card reader needs to have a USB-C physical connector; some card readers listed on Amazon that claim to be USB-C readers are actually USB-A readers with a small USB-C adapter. We also have a USB-A pick if your computer has traditional USB ports.
Support – Compact Flash: CF I / CF I Pro / CF I Pro II / CF I Elite Pro / CF I ultra II / Shoot & Store CF / CF II / CF II Magicstor/ CF II Ultimate/ CF-Digital Film/ CF 3.0 / CF4.0 / EXTREME III CF / EXTREME CF / ULTRA II CF / HS CF / XS-XS CF / CF ELITE PRO / CF PRO / CF PRO II / IBM MD / HITACHI MD / MAGIC STOR MD
The “×” rating, that was used by some card manufacturers and made obsolete by speed classes, is a multiple of the standard CD-ROM drive speed of 150 KiB/s (approximately 1.23 Mbit/s). Basic cards transfer data at up to six times (6×) the CD-ROM speed; that is, 900 KiB/s or 7.37 Mbit/s. The 2.0 specification[clarification needed] defines speeds up to 200×, but is not as specific as Speed Classes are on how to measure speed. Manufacturers may report best-case speeds and may report the card’s fastest read speed, which is typically faster than the write speed. Some vendors, including Transcend and Kingston, report their cards’ write speed. When a card lists both a speed class and an “×” rating, the latter may be assumed a read speed only.
Memory cards, just like your electronics, are an investment. You may want to take added steps to protect them. Plus, cases can help organize multiple memory cards while keeping them handy. Cases come in a wide variety, from simple plastic cases for individual cards to multicard aluminum organizers.
USB flash drives are known as the floppy disks of the 21st century. You can see people walking around with them dangling from key chains, backpacks, and even around their necks. These are more resistant to physical abuse than the media cards used in digital cameras.
NOR and NAND flash get their names from the structure of the interconnections between memory cells. In NOR flash, cells are connected in parallel to the bit lines, allowing cells to be read and programmed individually. The parallel connection of cells resembles the parallel connection of transistors in a CMOS NOR gate. In NAND flash, cells are connected in series, resembling a NAND gate. The series connections consume less space than parallel ones, reducing the cost of NAND flash. It does not, by itself, prevent NAND cells from being read and programmed individually.
A big bright blue indicator light makes life easier, lighting up when connected to your computer and flashing when accessed. We used it on a laptop with Windows 7 to access a 1 Gb micro SD card that…. wait for it…. had been horribly and evilly, and quite accidentally drowned in the washing machine (Mr. Mr. doesn’t know how to check his pants pockets when I’m screaming ‘Hurry up already!’… obviously all his fault!), and it worked flawlessly with the tiny drowned card! Whew! Phone dead. Info saved!
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A flash memory chip is composed of NOR or NAND gates. NOR is a type of memory cell created by Intel in 1988. The NOR gate interface supports full addresses, data buses and random access to any memory location. The shelf life of NOR flash is 10,000 to 1,000,000 write/erase cycles.
The fastest memory card seems to chance from week to week and several companies claim they have the “fastest”, but UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) Cfast 2.0 cards are the current front runners – with speeds of over 500MB/sec. However, these are really yet to be available for more than a narrow selection of cameras and remain highly expensive.
Most consumer products that take an SD card expect that it is partitioned and formatted in this way. Universal support for FAT12, FAT16, FAT16B, and FAT32 allows the use of SDSC and SDHC cards on most host computers with a compatible SD reader, to present the user with the familiar method of named files in a hierarchical directory tree.
Nintendo is traditionally recognized for releasing innovative, first-party games, most notably from the Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda series. These first-party series continued on the GameCube and bolstered the console’s popularity. As a publisher, Nintendo also focused on creating new franchises, such as Pikmin and Animal Crossing, and renewing some that skipped the N64 platform, most notably the Metroid series with the release of Metroid Prime. The console also saw success with the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Super Mario Sunshine, and its best-selling game, Super Smash Bros. Melee, which sold 7 million copies worldwide. Despite Nintendo’s commitment to its software library, however, it was still criticized by some for not featuring enough games during the console’s launch window.
The SD specification defines four-bit-wide transfers. (The MMC specification supports this and also defines an eight-bit-wide mode; MMC cards with extended bits were not accepted by the market.) Transferring several bits on each clock pulse improves the card speed. Advanced SD families have also improved speed by offering faster clock frequencies and double data rate (explained here) in a high-speed differential interface (UHS-II).
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Worked fine for about 90 days then started showing “reading card” on start ups and suddenly NOTHING. From other reviews it appears to be a common problem with Samsung Galaxy phones. I have a S3 and Note II and the card no longer works on either. If you have the same combo and are coming up on 90 days, backup everything frequently and wait for “Sudden Death”, other than that its a great value IF SanDisk PAYS YOU to use it. To be fair perhaps Samsung is part of the problem – but so far no one appears to be part of a solution.
An individual memory cell is made up of one planar polysilicon layer containing a hole filled by multiple concentric vertical cylinders. The hole’s polysilicon surface acts as the gate electrode. The outermost silicon dioxide cylinder acts as the gate dielectric, enclosing a silicon nitride cylinder that stores charge, in turn enclosing a silicon dioxide cylinder as the tunnel dielectric that surrounds a central rod of conducting polysilicon which acts as the conducting channel.
Flash memory offers non-volatile data storage and thus is capable of retaining it’s data even when it’s power source has been turned off. This makes it ideal for devices such as digital cameras where batteries go dead often. With being able to retain data even when power is lost you can rest assured that all your pictures will still be kept safe on the memory card. Examples of flash memory cards include Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, Compact Flash (CF) memory cards, and Sony’s Memory Sticks (MS, M2, MS Duo, MS Pro, and MS Pro Duo) to name a few. Other examples of proprietary and permanent flash memory devices include memory cards for video gaming systems.
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.
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.
In flash memory, each memory cell resembles a standard MOSFET, except that the transistor has two gates instead of one. On top is the control gate (CG), as in other MOS transistors, but below this there is a floating gate (FG) insulated all around by an oxide layer. The FG is interposed between the CG and the MOSFET channel. Because the FG is electrically isolated by its insulating layer, electrons placed on it are trapped until they are removed by another application of electric field (e.g. Applied voltage or UV as in EPROM). Counter-intuitively, placing electrons on the FG sets the transistor to the logical “0” state. Once the FG is charged, the electrons in it screen (partially cancel) the electric field from the CG, thus, increasing the threshold voltage (VT1) of the cell. This means that now a higher voltage (VT2) must be applied to the CG to make the channel conductive. In order to read a value from the transistor, an intermediate voltage between the threshold voltages (VT1 & VT2) is applied to the CG. If the channel conducts at this intermediate voltage, the FG must be uncharged (if it was charged, we would not get conduction because the intermediate voltage is less than VT2), and hence, a logical “1” is stored in the gate. If the channel does not conduct at the intermediate voltage, it indicates that the FG is charged, and hence, a logical “0” is stored in the gate. The presence of a logical “0” or “1” is sensed by determining whether there is current flowing through the transistor when the intermediate voltage is asserted on the CG. In a multi-level cell device, which stores more than one bit per cell, the amount of current flow is sensed (rather than simply its presence or absence), in order to determine more precisely the level of charge on the FG.
The Memory Card numbers indicated the number of save blocks available on the card, and each number is 5 subtracted from some power of 2. This suggests that 5 save blocks are devoted to some sort of system information. Simple math can be used to find out that each save block is a 8 KB page of data. (For example, (59+5)*x = 512 KB, x = (512 KB)/64, x = 8 KB)
^ Jump up to: a b Lui, Gough (2014-01-16). “SD Card Sequential, Medium & Small Block Performance Round-Up”. Gough’s techzone. Retrieved 29 November 2015. Variations in 4k small block performance saw a difference of approximately 300-fold between the fastest and slowest cards. Distressingly, many of the tested cards were mediocre to poor on that metric, which may explain why running updates on Linux running off SD cards can take a very long time.
During transfer it may be in the range of 66–330 mW (20–100 mA at a supply voltage of 3.3 V). Specifications from TwinMos technologies list a maximum of 149 mW (45 mA) during transfer. Toshiba lists 264–330 mW (80–100 mA). Standby current is much lower, less than 0.2 mA for one 2006 microSD card. If there is data transfer for significant periods, battery life may be reduced noticeably (smartphones typically have batteries of capacity around 6 Wh (Samsung Galaxy S2, 1650 mAh @ 3.7 V)).
The guaranteed cycle count may apply only to block zero (as is the case with TSOP NAND devices), or to all blocks (as in NOR). This effect is mitigated in some chip firmware or file system drivers by counting the writes and dynamically remapping blocks in order to spread write operations between sectors; this technique is called wear leveling. Another approach is to perform write verification and remapping to spare sectors in case of write failure, a technique called bad block management (BBM). For portable consumer devices, these wearout management techniques typically extend the life of the flash memory beyond the life of the device itself, and some data loss may be acceptable in these applications. For high reliability data storage, however, it is not advisable to use flash memory that would have to go through a large number of programming cycles. This limitation is meaningless for ‘read-only’ applications such as thin clients and routers, which are programmed only once or at most a few times during their lifetimes.
Jump up ^ Jonathan Thatcher, Fusion-io; Tom Coughlin, Coughlin Associates; Jim Handy, Objective-Analysis; Neal Ekker, Texas Memory Systems (April 2009). “NAND Flash Solid State Storage for the Enterprise, An In-depth Look at Reliability” (PDF). Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) of the Storage Network Industry Association (SNIA). Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 October 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
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A hybrid version of the Nintendo GameCube with a commercial DVD player, called Q, was developed by Panasonic as part of the deal struck with Nintendo to develop the optical drive for the original GameCube hardware. Featuring a completely revised case, the Q overcomes the size limitation of the original GameCube’s miniDVD tray by adding a commercial DVD-sized tray, among other hardware revisions. Released exclusively to Japan in December 2001, low sales resulted in the Q being discontinued in December 2003.
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.
Speaking more generally, CompactFlash (CF) cards on the market can have a speed rating of 150MB/sec (1000x) and will work for a large variety of cameras, while most standard SDHC cards currently tend to be around 20-30MB/sec (133-200x). While there are also a few super-fast UHS-II U3 SDHC cards available now with potential write speeds of 250MB/s, these are also not as widely available for use in all cameras and do start to get rather pricey.
The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader supports standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW, along with SD and HD video formats, including H.264 and MPEG-4. It supports data transfer at up to USB 3 speeds on the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and up to USB 2 speeds on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and all other iPad and iPhone models.*
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.
UHS speed class is designed for SDHC and SDXC memory cards. These cards are a higher speed and utilize a different data bus that doesn’t work in non-UHS compatible devices. You’ll want one of these cards for Full HD recording and for taking continuous high-resolution photos, like burst shot mode used for sports photography. A higher speed UHS card, like a U3 can be used for recording video in 4K.
A fairer and more recent system is the ‘class rating’. The SD Association created the speed class rating test which focuses on finding the absolute minimum data transfer rate of SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, as opposed to a sustainable rate.
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Like it’s smaller brethren, this Sandisk Extreme Pro incredibly fast shot-to-shot performance for use with burst mode, even in extreme heat or freezing conditions. Makes large files more rapid to save, increasing speeds up to a potential 250MB/s.
SDHC cards are physically and electrically identical to standard-capacity SD cards (SDSC). The major compatibility issues between SDHC and SDSC cards are the redefinition of the Card-Specific Data (CSD) register in version 2.0 (see below), and the fact that SDHC cards are shipped preformatted with the FAT32 file system.
Version 5.0 was announced in February 2016 at CP+ 2016, and added “Video Speed Class” ratings for UHS cards to handle higher resolution video formats like 8K. The new ratings define a minimum write speed of 90 MB/s.
Secure Digital includes four card families available in three different sizes. The four families are the original Standard-Capacity (SDSC), the High-Capacity (SDHC), the eXtended-Capacity (SDXC), and the SDIO, which combines input/output functions with data storage. The three form factors are the original size, the mini size, and the micro size. Electrically passive adapters allow a smaller card to fit and function in a device built for a larger card. The SD card’s small footprint is an ideal storage medium for smaller, thinner and more portable electronic devices.
NVDIMM-P combines the functionality of NVDIMM-F and NVDIMM-N on one module. The nonvolatile memory is allocated in two ways. Part of it provides persistence to DRAM, while the remainder is available as block storage.
If you use only SD and microSD cards, you should get the Cable Matters USB 3.1 Type-C Dual Slot Card Reader. It’s smaller, lighter, and cheaper than our other top picks, and it has good speeds and an indicator light. But it lacks a CF card slot, and it comes with only a one-year warranty.
Specified in version 4.0, further raises the data transfer rate to a theoretical maximum of 156 MB/s (full duplex) or 312 MB/s (half duplex) using an additional row of pins (a total of 17 pins for full-size and 16 pins for micro-size cards).
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.
HDD-based arrays have an actuator arm that enables data to be written to a specific block on a specific sector on the disk. All-flash storage systems do not require moving parts to write data. The writes are made directly to the flash memory, and custom software handles data management.
Specified in SD version 3.01, supports a clock frequency of 100 MHz (a quadrupling of the original “Default Speed”), which in four-bit transfer mode could transfer 50 MB/s (SDR50). UHS-I cards declared as UHS104 (SDR104) also support a clock frequency of 208 MHz, which could transfer 104 MB/s. Double data rate operation at 50 MHz (DDR50) is also specified in Version 3.01, and is mandatory for microSDHC and microSDXC cards labeled as UHS-I. In this mode, four bits are transferred when the clock signal rises and another four bits when it falls, transferring an entire byte on each full clock cycle, hence a 50 MB/s operation could be transferred using a 50 MHz clock.
Because the host views the SD card as a block storage device, the card does not require MBR partitions or any specific file system. The card can be reformatted to use any file system the operating system supports. For example:
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Early SDSC host devices that assume 512-byte blocks therefore do not fully support the insertion of 2 GB or 4 GB cards. In some cases, the host device can read data that happens to reside in the first 1 GB of the card. If the assumption is made in the driver software, success may be version-dependent. In addition, any host device might not support a 4 GB SDSC card, since the specification lets it assume that 2 GB is the maximum for these cards.