George V. Reilly

High-Capacity SD cards

SanDisk Ultra II SDHC 4GB card

Before we left on our trip, I picked up a pair of 4GB SD cards for my point-and-shoot Canon Elph. I brought my Linux netbook along, which has a built-in SD card reader, and the cards worked fine with that.

But they didn’t work at all in any of the external card readers that I have, and I had to resort to a USB cable to transfer photos from the camera to my other computers.

Wikipedia discusses com­pat­i­bil­i­ty issues with 2GB and larger SD cards, which is initially what I thought the problem was. On looking more closely at the cards, I see that they’re the newer SDHC cards. The card readers were all a few years old and must have preceded the SDHC standard.

I spent $7.99 on a new card reader this evening, which supports SDHC and most of the other small card formats.

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