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NEWLink USB 2.0 Internal 3.5" Drive Bay Card Reader / Writer

3.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • LED indication of power / busy (read/write)
  • Supports Hot Swap and Plug and Play functions
  • Supports Mass Storage Device
  • USB Powered

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Technical Details
BrandNEWLink
Item Weight141 g
Product Dimensions22.6 x 20 x 4.2 cm
Item model numberN15101
  
Additional Information
ASINB001FB6WL4
Best Sellers Rank 145,184 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight141 g
Date First Available7 Sept. 2008
  
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Product Description

Product Description

The Max Value Front Panel Card Reader puts multiple card slots and a USB port on the front of your computer. You'll never have to reach behind your computer to plug in your USB device such as a flash drive or MP3 player. The panel can be easily installed into a 3.5" bay on your desktop computer and connects directly to a USB header on your computer motherboard.

The panel is black to match with more modern black computer cases.

Manufacturer's Description

Fits 3.5" Drive bay;Requires Internal Motherboard connection;Supports SM, CF Type I & II, MD, SD, MMC & T-Flash;Provides USB 2.0 Port;Supports Windows 2000, XP, Vista, MAC OS 10.x or higher

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From the spec, this card reader ticks the right boxes- plenty of slots, Vista compatible, internal card reader so it doesn't clutter the desk... However, there are a few things to bear in mind before buying one:

1) The box just contains the reader and four mounting screws. No instructions or indeed any written information.
2) The mounting screws don't fit the holes in the side of the card reader very well.
3) After installation, Vista noticed a new device, but failed to find drivers for it. As this unit completely lacked documentation, there was no indication as to what to do next. Thankfully, it can read cards without drivers, but it does keep popping up a "cannot find drivers" message even when I've told it to ignore this. This is irritating.
4) There is a nasty-looking red LED on the front, which always seems to be switched on.
5) When a card is inserted, Vista sees it as a new disk. The trouble is, it sees about 5 new disks (presumably one for each slot) so you have to guess which one relates to the card that you put in.
6) Possibly the worst feature is the poorly fitting CF card slot. This slot is about twice the height of a CF card, so the card wobbles around in the slot. Worse than this, when I first inserted a CF card, it didn't fit and I managed to bend one of the very weak pins in the card reader.

Summary: it's cheap, and you can see why upon purchasing. Note: I have no experience of other card readers so cannot say if others are better or worse. However, the poor fitting slots are inexcusable.
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Piece of junk, It doesn't work and it has "Fried"!!! a USB Pendrive. - No it wasn't wired wrong, as it will only go onto the mobo 1 way.

I removed it after it got very hot, and it won't work on any other device.

Thanks Amazon!
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Neat, black and works in a nice plug and play way.
Every bay appears as a drive in windows and you can read/write to several cards simultaneously.

One drawback is that sometimes you don't know which device you want to "safely unplug" so I simply don't bother and merely yank out the target memory card; never had any problems so far.

The only problem I had was that the card slots didn't line up perfectly with the front panel meaning inserting cards is a bit tight.

It's good for breathing new life into all those old memory cards that are now too small for use in the camera.
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I have lost count of the number of times I have had to repair the pins on the compact flash slot. There is too much "play" in the slot so the pins don't line up properly and a couple of them keep bending. This is then a self perpetuating problem as you can't perfectly straighten them meaning that each time it gets a little worse.

The SD slot works fine though - but that's not much use when your main camera uses CF and you only really wanted it for that in the first place.
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I bought this memory card reader for my Shuttle XPC so that I could plug in my various camera memory cards directly . This removes the need for cable connections from your camera to PC and means that you no longer require the camera manufacturers drivers and software to upload your camera images to your PC.

(I use the free download 'Google Picassa' which has a 'one click' automatic upload process. Plug your memory card into the Newlink reader and Picassa uploads your images from the reader to your PC . During this process Picassa automatically prevents upload of any duplicated images and will place the images in a dated folder or a folder you select. )

The NEWlink card reader is easy to fit into your existing floppy drive opening. Just look for a spare USB socket on your motherboard. Orientate the plug on the reader cable connector with the socket on the motherboard and plug-in .Reboot the computer and the install Wizard will recognise all the extra drives immediately and allocate spare drive letters without you needing to do anything.
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