How useful is the SD card?

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  1. BigCanoe macrumors 6502

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    Could I store my music library on it? Is it fast enough? What other uses would it have?
     
  2. koobcamuk macrumors 68040

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    You could store your music library on it, provided your library is smaller than the card capacity.

    It is extra storage, or, camera memory card connectivity. That's about it.
     
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    It's useful on a computer which has such small internal storage. They should have put it on both MBAs IMO, not just the 13 inch model.
     
  4. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    Doesn't the card stick out though? It does on my MBP.
     
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    Does it accept Sony MS? I have a ms camcorder.
     
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    I don't think so, but you can make it work with an adapter.

    I just noticed it's an SD slot, not a MicroSD slot. Why? No one uses SD cards anymore, MicroSD is the current technology.

    Come on, Apple...
     
  7. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    Well, if it can read SDXC cards, you could increase your storage capacity by up to 2TB!

    Most likely though, it can only read SDHC cards which have a current limit of 32GB.
     
  8. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    Um..what? If it's an SD slot, it can take both MicroSD, MiniSD, and SD..

    Plus lots of digital cameras use SD cards..
     
  9. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    It is possible to get an adapter. Then it can do both.
     
  10. BigCanoe thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Are these cards fast enough to run apps off? Does it show up like a regular drive on the desktop?
     
  11. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    I don't think you can put a MicroSD in that massive slot without an adapter.

    IMO, they should have just put a MicroSD slot on there.
     
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    Just what I want. An adapter because my sd slot is useless. WTF I'm sure apple knows best for me / sarcasm
     
  13. netdog macrumors 603

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    There would be a riot if Apple used an exclusively Micro SD slot.

    LOTS of us have cameras that use SD, and this slot is for transferring photos.

    You geeks really crack me up sometimes.
     
  14. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    +1

    You can place (with an adaptor) a mini SD card in a standard SD slot, but there is no way you can squeeze a standard SD card into a mini one.

    Instead of cluttering up the side of the computer with multiple slots, it seems they gave you the one that could be used by the greatest number of SD cards.

    Plus, I don't think SD cards are as dead as 0dev seems to think. I still use SD cards so his assertion that "no one uses SD cards anymore" is a flawed assumption.
     
  15. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Then buy a new camera. Most of the cameras you get in shops these days have MicroSD slots.

    And who says it's "for transferring photos"? It's an expansion slot, you can use it for anything you damn well like.
     
  16. hsl macrumors regular

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    +1

    I don't have any device that accepts a smaller-than-sd-sdcard cards,… I have 4 that use SD cards,.. would be silly to use slots that are mainly used in phones


    Whut??? All the prosumer/pro camera's use FlashCards or SD, only the supercrappy camera's use smaller SD-variants,..
     
  17. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    Then how come all the new HD cameras I've seen in the shops recently take MicroSDs? :rolleyes:
     
  18. jclardy macrumors 68040

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    Maybe cell phone cameras. Honestly, what cameras are you talking about?

    Pretty much every DSLR camera uses either SD or Compact Flash, most are switching to SD even though CF has more contacts and has a higher speed. I doubt DSLR's will switch to MicroSD anytime soon because when switching cards you are very likely to drop and lose the card compared to a normal SD card.

    Pretty much every Canon P&S I have looked at uses SD as well. I'm sure there are a few with micro but the majority use SD.

    Sure you can use it for anything you want but I would guess 99% of people that use the slot use it for transferring photos from their camera. Also you can use adapters to go down to microsd, but not the other way around so by using SD they support way more devices.
     
  19. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    Because apparantly "no one uses SD cards anymore".

    :rolleyes:
     
  20. biosci macrumors 6502a

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    Doing a lot of camera shopping this year and have yet to see any microsd cams though. Which ones are you thinking of? Cell phone cams?

    Panasonic GF1, LX5 and most of their other higher end cams, Canon G12 all use SD. DSLRS I think are mostly SD or Compact Flash or a combo!

    Plus, it can't really be that bad to get an adapter...
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  21. snorkelman macrumors 6502a

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    our GH1s and GF1 are all SD card cameras, same goes for our Nikons

    ..except transferring photos from an SD card based camera if the slot was MicroSD
     
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    The Samsung PL100, Samsung PL150, Kodak SLICE, Samsung ST1000, a bunch of Olympuses... Loads of digital cameras.
     
  23. netdog macrumors 603

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    Um, thanks for the suggestion buy I am quite happy with my Leicas.
     
  24. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Exactly. Cell phones use MicroSD. Most standalone cameras still use SD (though I'm using a MicroSD in my camera with an adapter).

    MicroSD adapters are commonplace. Having a true SD slot in the Mac makes sense since it can accommodate smaller cards, while a smaller slot could not accommodate a bigger card.
     
  25. biosci macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting. A lot of those do seem to be compact point & shoots (which I had no interest in when shopping). I like how the PL150 though does boast about how the microSD card can just be popped into your cell phone for the data connection for sharing (unless you have an iPhone...)
     

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