If your built-in card reader on your PC is connected to the USB bus, you could simply boot up a linux virtual machine and it should be able to see the SD card if you have vmware tools installed/virtualbox guest additions installed (depending on what virtualization product you are using) and simply use the dd command.
Looking in device manager – under keyboards I have: Toshiba Flash cards support driver – so I assume it isn't connected to the USB bus then?
There should be no problem using a micro SD card. An adaptor from SD to micro SD contains no circuitry at all, just straight connectors.
I never heard of problems using micro SD with Fedora Remix. This may have more to do with the class of the SD card, not the physical form.
Yes I have read that about the adaptors but on: https://zenit.senecac.on.ca/wiki/index. ... stallation
An SD or SDHC card, with a capacity of 2GB or more. (Good-quality class 4 cards usually work well). Do not use a MicroSD card with an adapter — it will not be recognized by the Raspberry Pi.
Based on other posts in the forum it seems to be specific to the Fedora Remix (or possibly the board(s) they have for testing have a defect).
I have used app2sd to put apps on the sd card so not sure how the android system will respond to missing apps
Android has no problem with missing SD cards. The apps will refuse to launch until you insert the correct card. Nothing is lost or corrupted.