You know that you can’t connect the SD card to your computer directly. Thus, to access to the files on the SD card using the computer, you need an SD card reader. Now, you can read this post to learn some useful information about SD card reader.

What Is SD Card Reader

As a new type of storage device based on semiconductor flash memory, SD (Secure Digital) memory card is produced to increase the capacity of digital devices. And it is favored and used by a lot of people due to its excellent characteristics of small size, fast data transfer and hot swap.

At present, SD card is the most common memory card on the market. It is now widely used in digital camera, DV, MP4, MP3, PDA and smart phone.

Well, SD card reader is a kind of device used specially for reading SD card. It’s an external device with corresponding SD card slot and USB interface. Besides, it supports reading & writing data and allows the access to SD card files.

Actually, a card reader is specially designed to share information on SD card conveniently.

large size of card reader

Usually, an SD card reader is not very heavy and the size of it is small. Some of the card readers are even close to that of common USB flash drives. Thus, it’s easy to carry around. What’s more, the function of card reader with SD card inserted is basically the same with that of USB flash drive.

For a computer, the card reader is similar to a USB floppy drive; the tiny difference lies in – what the card reader reads is a variety of flash memory cards while USB floppy drive only reads floppy disk.

Using skills: insert SD card into the corresponding slot on one end of card reader, and then connect the USB interface on the other end of card reader to computer. Only when the SD card is properly inserted into card reader and the card reader USB interface is properly connected to computer, can we succeed in accessing SD card and reading/writing data correspondingly.

How to Use SD Card Reader

Step 1: select Recover from SD-Card.

choose Recover from SD-Card

Step 2: insert SD card.

insert SD card

Step 3: select the inserted SD card to scan.

choose the target SD card to scan

Step 4: analyze the SD card.

analyzing SD card

Step 5: check files to recover when scan is completed.

check the files you want to recover

What If We Don’t Have a Card Reader

If you have no card reader to read SD card data on computer, you may as well consider buying one at Amazon (for reference only):

SD Card Reader FAQ

What is an SD card reader used for?
An SD card reader is a data input device that can read files from a card-shaped data storage medium. A modern card reader can read different kinds of plastic cards embedded with either a barcode, magnetic strip, computer chip or another storage medium.
Do I need an SD card reader?
In theory, the read & write speed of a memory card via a card reader is faster than a card that is connected via the device card slot. And, the card reader works reliably relatively. Besides, the card reader has various slots to support more card sizes. If your computer doesn’t have card slots, an SD card reader is especially necessary.
Does my computer have an SD card reader?
Most laptops are built with card slots. You can see them directly. If you can’t find them on your computer, you can see the device list of your computer or contact the manufacturer for help.
Can you put SD card on TV?

Most new flat panel TVs have an SD card reader. You can go to see the side or the back of your TV to check whether there is an SD card reader. You can also read the device list of the TV to check whether there is such an SD card reader. If there is, you can directly insert the SD card to the card reader and use the card on TV.

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