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Micro sd to usb adapters

Sun May 24, 2020 4:28 am

I need to make a backup micro sd card for a just in case and would like to use the sd card copier feature on a pi, meaning no external pc.

All of the adapters i have seen have been too expensive for what it is or cheap and plastic.

Can’t seen to find anything, im looking for a simple adapter the size of a normal usb memory stick which will work with the raspberry pi (i have had issues in the past) and is generally a good product eg build and quality, I have searched ebay only to find junk and plastic things and amazon doesn’t seem to tell me whether it will work on a pi ( i checked questions and reviews)

Maybe anyone who knows one could send the name of it so i can have a look :)
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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Sun May 24, 2020 5:16 am

Search through ads for microSD cards. A couple of mine came with just the sort of adapter you're looking for.

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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Sun May 24, 2020 5:53 am

using one from the dollar store... work fine with me
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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Sun May 24, 2020 7:00 am

RaspbianUser1 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 4:28 am
Can’t seen to find anything, im looking for a simple adapter the size of a normal usb memory stick which will work with the raspberry pi
...and amazon doesn’t seem to tell me whether it will work on a pi (i checked questions and reviews)
Any USB card reader should work with the Pi. I have a bunch of them and they all work. I did have one really old USB 2.0 model that had trouble writing images, but even that one worked fine for reading and writing files.

The Rocketek RT-CR5 is a nice USB memory stick sized model with USB 3.0 and the ability to take either a full size or micro SD card without an adapter. It's currently only $7.99 on Amazon with a 5% off coupon.

For use with a Pi I would want something smaller, like the SanDisk MobileMate USB 3.0 Reader, or this <$5 generic USB 3.0 reader sold under a bunch of different names. The small ones do tend to get a bit warm when writing images, but I haven't had any problems.
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RaspbianUser1 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 4:28 am
(i have had issues in the past)
What kind of issues?

RaspbianUser1 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 4:28 am
All of the adapters i have seen have been too expensive for what it is or cheap and plastic.
Define too expensive?

RaspbianUser1 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 4:28 am
Maybe anyone who knows one could send the name of it so i can have a look :)
Put your location in your profile for more specific suggestions.

I have 2 from Rocketek, a dual slot model from Alxum, a SanDisk Mobilemate USB 3.0, and a whole bunch of generic ones with no name brand. I use the USB 3.0 models most, because they are faster, but I often keep a cheap USB 2.0 one plugged into each Pi with a backup SD card.

I think the SanDisk was the only one that cost me more than $10, the rest ranged in price from less that $2 to $8.
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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Sun May 24, 2020 7:17 am

RaspbianUser1 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 4:28 am
I need to make a backup micro sd card for a just in case and would like to use the sd card copier feature on a pi, meaning no external pc.

All of the adapters i have seen have been too expensive for what it is or cheap and plastic.

Can’t seen to find anything, im looking for a simple adapter the size of a normal usb memory stick which will work with the raspberry pi (i have had issues in the past) and is generally a good product eg build and quality, I have searched ebay only to find junk and plastic things and amazon doesn’t seem to tell me whether it will work on a pi ( i checked questions and reviews)

Maybe anyone who knows one could send the name of it so i can have a look :)

There is nothing specific to a Raspberry Pi, any USB SD SDXC Card Reader will function.

In the UK some Poundland Stores stock cheap but perfectly functioning ones, just like the ones on eBay...
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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Sun May 24, 2020 8:44 am

fruitoftheloom wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 7:17 am
There is nothing specific to a Raspberry Pi, any USB SD SDXC Card Reader will function.
Good point. Make sure it's SDXC compatible. I would think most would be nowadays, but it doesn't hurt to double-check.
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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Sun May 24, 2020 12:49 pm

Thanks for all of your ideas, given me confidence for when i buy one :)


Edit: i want to use a sdhc card for the adapter, i saw a suggestion to xc adapter but I don’t need a sd card that big, will a xc adapter work or do I need a hc(using a 32gb sandisk hc card)
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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Sun May 24, 2020 1:02 pm

RaspbianUser1 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 12:49 pm
Thanks for all of your ideas, given me confidence for when i buy one :)


Edit: i want to use a sdhc card for the adapter, i saw a suggestion to xc adapter but I don’t need a sd card that big, will a xc adapter work or do I need a hc(using a 32gb sandisk hc card)

SDXC future proofing and backward compatible to SDHC:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SD_card
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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Sun May 24, 2020 1:08 pm

fruitoftheloom wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 1:02 pm
RaspbianUser1 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 12:49 pm
Thanks for all of your ideas, given me confidence for when i buy one :)


Edit: i want to use a sdhc card for the adapter, i saw a suggestion to xc adapter but I don’t need a sd card that big, will a xc adapter work or do I need a hc(using a 32gb sandisk hc card)

SDXC future proofing and backward compatible to SDHC:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SD_card
I did just find that, but I also found another website which says it can’t but wiki is more often right than some random website
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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Sun May 24, 2020 1:37 pm

I'm a 'tad late to comment here, but, FWIW, here are my (now somewhat historical) notes on various USB card readers (some of which were supplied with cards):
https://www.cpmspectrepi.uk/raspberry_p ... aders.html
and this is the one I use with my P4B's: https://www.cpmspectrepi.uk/raspberry_p ... oSD_Reader
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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Tue May 26, 2020 6:21 pm

UPDATE

Thanks again for all of the help I ended up going with this https://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-microS ... 558&sr=8-2
and the adaptor I bought https://www.amazon.com/Beikell-High-spe ... 126&sr=8-1

Both worked with no troubles, can report that the sd is real to my knowledge
The adaptor is nice quality, not the best but has a case and is USB 3.0 averaging at around 60mbps I would say.

Hope this helps someone who needs an adaptor
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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Tue May 26, 2020 7:02 pm

USB3 type was smart. They allow you to backup in about one 5th the time and automatically cover other requirements mentioned here. I prefer the $2 Ebay ones which seem to behave better than some costing many times more purchased locally.

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Re: Micro sd to usb adapters

Wed May 27, 2020 5:16 pm

My two favorites are:
https://www.iogear.com/product/GFR204SD/
https://www.tripplite.com/usb-3.0-super ... ~U352000SD

The side slot feature on these makes getting the card out very easy.

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