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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:

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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

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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The next closest match in NZ I could find:

but no usb passthrough, likely adds multiple drives :(

Looks like you'll be hacking an old faceplate!

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