Category Archives: Flash Memory

Quick Review: Samsung Evo 32Gb (MB-MP32D) microSDHC Card

It seems that Samsung has done some shuffling with their memory cards, and the Samsung Plus is no longer available. Instead, they have instead drawn on their SSD branding scheme and bought the Evo moniker to their microSD and SD … Continue reading

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Teardown, Test: PGH Bricks & Pavers Promotional USB Key

I guess the fact that this post exists is a proof that promotional USB keys “work”. They serve a useful purpose, and have a decent “lifetime”, thus helping spread the promotional message. I’m no brick and pavers guy, but I … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Intel 730 Series 240Gb (SSDSC2BP240G4) Solid-State Drive

Intel has been part of the SSD revolution early on, with their X25-M being a fairly popular drive around 2009. Embarrassingly, this drive also suffered from several firmware bugs, which may have driven Intel to perform stringent validation of their … Continue reading

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Review: Kingston DataTraveler G4 128Gb USB Flash Drive

When I first tried my “crazy” SSD in a USB External Enclosure experiment, USB memory sticks were paltry in size and performance. While such a solution wasn’t exactly compact or convenient like most USB keys, it did offer the capacity … Continue reading

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Random: Opal Stuff, DTRS, Bus Advertising, Drive by Download, etc.

Another week of random, and this week it’s much of the same, focusing on topics such as our public transport network, what’s happening with some MVNOs and drive-by-downloading. The main difference this week – I’m enjoying a day off thanks … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Crucial M500 240Gb Solid State Drive

Crucial/Micron has been a known name in memory for a very long time (think 80286 era). Best known for their DRAM products, their collaboration with Intel to produce NAND flash memory has proved to be a big success with IMFT … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Kingmax SME35 Xvalue 240Gb SSD

An SSD is one of the best upgrades you can make today – a machine booting and working with files from a traditional hard drive with spinning platters often sits waiting as the drive seeks away. By using flash memory, … Continue reading

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Tested: Teac CA-200 Internal USB2.0 Card Reader (OEM for Dell)

Being connected to staff at a university is often a rewarding experience, if any of the salvages on this website are anything to go by. Universities are a hot-spot of electronics and information technology, and from time to time they … Continue reading

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Random: element14 Webinar, UNSW OWeek, Transport Sydney, etc.

I don’t know what it is, but the interval between these random posts seems to be getting more and more irregular. Part of the reason must be because of how insanely busy I’m becoming … it’s likely that blog posts … Continue reading

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32Gb microSDHC Shootout: Sandisk Extreme, Toshiba Exceria HD, Kingmax Pro

This is the final part of my little crazy venture into testing 32Gb microSDHC cards. All seven cards that I ordered have finally arrived, and in this post, we will see how the Sandisk Extreme, Toshiba Exceria HD and Kingmax … Continue reading

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Tale of two Flash drives: LaCie Porsche Design 16Gb vs Kingston DataTraveler 100 G3 32Gb

It’s a bit of an unusual review this time around, since I had a gift voucher I absolutely had to spend, I decided to grab some USB 3.0 flash drives (amongst other things) with it. LaCie Porsche Design 16Gb A … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sandisk Ultra 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC

This is the latest installment of my microSDHC craziness – the long-awaited Sandisk Ultra 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC. If anything, the Sandisk Ultra is pretty much the “yardstick” by which other cards are judged by – performance, value, compatibility and reliability … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Sony 32Gb UHS-I MicroSDHC Card (SR-32UYA)

As part of my microSD craziness, we’ll be looking at a Sony branded 32Gb UHS-I MicroSDHC card, model SR-32UYA. The cost was about AU$36, and it includes the memory card (Made in Taiwan) and an adapter (Made in China). I … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung Pro 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC Card

UPDATED: Compatibility with RTS5301 workaround found! Merely a few days ago, I reviewed the Samsung Plus 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC Card and wondered exactly how the Pro performs in comparison – what are you really missing out on? As a result, … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Samsung Plus 32Gb UHS-I microSDHC Card

Many of the reviews you’ll see are from products which I’ve ended up buying out of necessity and decided I should give them a thorough test run before putting them into use. This is no different – as a departure … Continue reading

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Review & Teardown: Kogan USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader

Last week, Kogan had a free shipping day, and not being one to let such opportunities slip by, I decided to pick up a Kogan USB 3.0 Universal Memory Card Reader for AU$19. It’s a fair price to pay for … Continue reading

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Testing: SD Card Sequential, Medium & Small Block Performance Round-Up

Most users are aware that flash memory comes in a variety of speeds and capacities. Early-on, flash manufacturers attached different monikers to their memory to confer their relative speeds (e.g. Ultra, Ultra II, Extreme III, Extreme IV), which were sometimes … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Toshiba Exceria Type 2 64Gb UHS-1 SDXC Card

Photographers and hobbyists alike continue to have a nearly insatiable need for “large capacity” memory cards with high speed and reliability and preferably low cost. The “traditional” people who claim to know better tend to stick with Sandisk and Lexar … Continue reading

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Project: Read, Collect & Decode SD Card CSD Register Data

As a followup to yesterday’s post of collecting and decoding the Card Identification Register data from various SD cards, I couldn’t resist the challenge to try and decipher the Card Specific Data Register (CSD). Interestingly, I pored over datasheets for … Continue reading

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Project: Read, Collect & Decode SD Card CID Register Data

Buying flash memory from poorly reputed places, such as Chinese computer markets, and online auction sites is an often known way to collect BAD flash memory cards that fall short on performance, longevity and data security. SD cards, along with … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Kingston 32Gb Ultimate SDHC and 128Gb SDXC

Many people might be on the look-out to buy some more storage in the form of SD cards, whether it be for their camera, or for hobby purposes (say, the Raspberry Pi). Increasingly large sized SD cards are now becoming … Continue reading

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Transcend RDF8 USB 3.0 Card Reader

With ever increasing pixel counts and larger image files than ever, digital photographers easily can fill up even comparatively large 32Gb cards relatively quickly, especially when shooting in RAW. Many people, myself included, can get quite anxious to see the … Continue reading

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