Flash & Media Card Readers
Many of today's digital cameras, cell phones, and MP3 players rely on flash memory for storing files. These devices can synchronize with your computer for file sharing and data transfer.
Digital cameras, MP3 players, and cell phones connect with the computer using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable. Many of these USB cables are unique to the device, and a number of manufacturers require users to purchase cables separately. Cable costs can add up, and a mess of wires can cause unnecessary confusion and clutter.
More and more computers contain built-in memory card readers that can read a variety of memory formats including CompactFlash, SD-cards, MultiMediaCards. Many flash readers can write data as well, so the various memory cards can serve as external storage devices.
Flash readers can help users save money and share memory between storage devices. Eliminate the hassle of wires by using one device to transfer data from MP3 players, digital cameras, cell phones, and GPS receivers.
Memory Cards & Flash Cards
A memory card is also known as a flash card and is a solid-state storage device that can store a variety of data formats. It is possible to write, erase, and rewrite a variety of data types, and many of these cards feature substantial storage space for large files and high resolution images. Some memory cards can hold more than 30 GB of data.
Memory cards are available in a variety of formats for devices of various sizes. CompactFlash cards were common for digital cameras and MP3 players. Now, many MP3 players and digital cameras use SD cards. MiniSD and microSD cards are common for cell phones and GPS receivers. Memory Stick cards are a format that Sony released for its digital camera and PlayStation Portable products.
How It Works
Flash readers are USB devices that can read a from multiple card formats. When you are ready to transfer files from your device to your computer or from your computer to your device, you can remove the card from the device and place it in the flash reader. You do not need to install drivers for your device, and you do not need to connect the device to the computer. You can transfer the files to and from your computer, and the memory card reader will allow you to save, delete, and manipulate files.
Many computers come with built-in memory card readers. If your computer does not have one, you can buy an external reader that connects to your computer's USB port. You can even buy additional readers if you need a device that supports additional formats. Data transfer rates are faster when using a memory card reader than by connecting the device to the computer.
Companies & Price
You may choose between an external or internal memory card readers. Many card readers actually cost less than USB cables that manufacturers require you to purchase in addition to the device. Readers are available for under $15 and can cost up to $40.