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Old 02-07-2009, 03:58 PM
Key Lime Guy Key Lime Guy is offline
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Difference between Flashdrive & SD card + USB card reader?

I like using flashdrives to shuttle work-in-progress back & forth, and then every once in a while I just sock away the flashdrive for triple-safe-keeping. (Everything is on HD and backed up elsewhere.)

So I have this unruly cigar box of randomly shaped & colored flashdrives, unlabeled.

I was thinking of switching and using SD cards with a USB card reader instead. It seems they will be more orderly for organizing & labeling.

Looking for factual answers: Is there any functional difference between the two? Speed? Longevity?

(Not looking for information about price.)


And a related Q: Does anyone make an organizing/labeling system for SD cards?
Old 02-07-2009, 04:53 PM
astro astro is offline
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The guts are more or less the same and both come is cheaper=slower pricier-faster varieties. The interface is not the same however as a USB thumb drive of any size can be read in virtually any USB port even the earliest types in almost cases.

Many newer high capacity, high speed SD cards cannot be read in even 3 year old+ SD readers (both built in and outboard). If this is all on one newer PC no problem. if you want to transfer SD card data directly another older PC there may be issues with some SD cards.

Last edited by astro; 02-07-2009 at 04:57 PM.
Old 02-07-2009, 10:17 PM
EasyPhil EasyPhil is offline
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It would be more green to obtain a card reader that's acts like a flash drive but allows you to put any capacity and type of SD card into it.

It's true that readers prior to the introduction SDHC cards(greater than 2gig capability) won't be able to read SDHC cards but current readers will be able to read SDHC and non SDHC cards. This is just SD cards BTW.
Old 02-08-2009, 09:32 AM
Key Lime Guy Key Lime Guy is offline
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Yeah that's exactly what I was talking about in the OP. Sorry for being unclear.


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