ByteStor USB2.0 8in1 Reader
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- ByteStor 8 in 1 USB 2.0 Card Reader
- Copy, move, save, edit and delete image, music and data files on your memory card
- USB 2.0 (for Hi-Speed) and USB 1.1 Compatible
- PC and MAC compatible
- No drivers required for Windows ME/2000/XP or Mac OS 9.0 and above (Windows 98SE drivers supplied)
- Compact but robust metal casing
- Compatible with 8 types of memory card--Secure Digital Card (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MicroDrive, MemoryStick, MemoryStick Pro, Memory Stick Duo with Adaptor
- Will also work with Mini-SD (Secure Digital) and RSMMC (Reduced-Size-Multi Media Card) with the appropriate adaptor
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I needed a memory card reader fast, and this one was the only one available at short notice, so, despite my misgivings after reading some of the reviews, I placed the order.
First of all, there is no paper manual, and the accompanying disk, supposed to contain the manual, wouldn't work for me. It kept trying to load it but either stopped completely, or asked me if I wanted to view some Chinese characters, and then wouldn't proceed further. OK, possibly my PC at fault here, but a paper manual - even a single sheet of grainy A4 - would be more professional, I think. Then we could have diagrams showing which way up to insert the cards, without needing to guess. And I reckon a PC novice would have no idea whatsoever how to actually use the unit, and find and manipulate data on the desktop, etc. Bad show.
The read/write function itself is as simple, speedy and unproblematic as I could have wished for. I copy lots of DVDs to watch on my PDA, and had grown tired of waiting up an hour or more for the data to transfer. This reader does the job in a couple of minutes or less. Despite the reservations this is a very good purchase, and great value for money.
I must allow for a slightly smug feeling, given that some other reviewers have had difficulties getting this product to work with Windows. I had no problems using the card reader on my linux system (SuSE linux 9.1).
For the benefit of other linux users: When I plug the card reader in, the system detects it as a usb mass storage device. The four slots on the device are detected as /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc and /dev/sdd. These devices can be mounted onto the filesystem once a card is inserted into the corresponding slot. For example, I stuck an SD card in the appropriate slot and issued the following command to mount the device:
mount -t /dev/sdc1 /some/folder/
All in all, a good cheap product that does what it says on the tin.
The device, incidentally, shows up as 4 new drive letters, whether or not cards are inserted.
It is highly tempramental. So far it has wiped my sd card three times during transfer of data. I'm getting worried that it may damage the card. It is quick to use, so restoring the files I keep on it is no big hassle, but it's a hassle I shouldn't have. Buy/use at your own risk! Don't trust it with vital data.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it looks good and cost cheap, working very slow. i have old unnamed product that working faster than this one.Published on 27 July 2005 by Kavinsandron
I have three cameras, all with different types of media. I plainly needed a multi-card reader. I agonised over whether to spend £25+ in most shops or £10 on this, and eventually... Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2005
Ok so, i spent 5 hours slaving over my computer trying to get this to work! it does not tell you but, windows 2000 users, you will need to have service pack four (sp4) (can be... Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2005 by Alexander R.
I can now finally transer pictures from my camera and Phone to my pc without messing around with lots of usb cables . Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2005