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# 145498 19-May-2014 22:15
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I have decided its time to replace my aged card reader in the computer with something USB3 back to the internal port on the PCIe card (its an old computer)

I like my current USB2 reader because it only uses one drive letter, and only reads one type of card at a time. The last few readers I have put in computers for friends have wasted 4 drive letters on a multitude of useless card slots so they can claim a large number for "X in one" reader.

I have a lot of other drives and dont want to deal with constantly disabling devices like I have to do for the slots in my printer and my external HDD docks, so ideally a reader that just had one slot and just did SD cards would be great, a USB3 passthru for the other connector would be needed too.

But all I see take an absurd number of dead memory card formats like xD and memory stick and compact flash.

Anyone seen anything nice and simple before I start hacking a blank drive panel with a slot and epoxying a normal card reader to the inside of it?




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  # 1058277 2-Jun-2014 22:39
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Buy this from your favourite computer shop:
http://www.dove.co.nz/products/cables-adapters-brackets-and-stands/adapters/10483



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  # 1058293 3-Jun-2014 00:55
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That has a crapload of other readers on it. I already have one like that and it wastes drive letters that I need for useful things like external drives and mapped drives etc,

Can disable the other slots in device manager but they will randomly re-enable making network drives disappear and get assigned to an empty card slot for media noone has anymore.




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  # 1058840 3-Jun-2014 20:34
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quote: "*Note will only detect one card in the reader at a time"

*should* mean that it only comes up as one drive.



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  # 1058845 3-Jun-2014 20:47
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This image of the same reader on aliexpress reveals it for the imposter its USB3 claims are 


http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/multi-in-1-card-reader-common_1713816197.html

The speeds they show on there for the readers performance with different card types is abysmal as well. I see well over 40 on a cheap USB 3 SD reader with a whole lot of my cards which USB2 will never achieve.




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  # 1058919 3-Jun-2014 21:43
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bugger!

The next closest match in NZ I could find:
http://h30094.www3.hp.com/product/sku/10715694/mfg_partno/E5G19AA

but no usb passthrough, likely adds multiple drives :(

Looks like you'll be hacking an old faceplate!

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