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Quick Review: Toshiba Exceria 64Gb UHS-I Class 3 microSDXC Card (SD-C064GR7VW060A)

Our demand for storage is pretty much insatiable, but companies continue to roll out new products which are larger, faster and sometimes even cheaper than before. Of note is the proliferation of microSD-slots in Android and Windows phones, tablets as … Continue reading

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Real or Fake? The Lexar 600x 64Gb MicroSDXC Card Mystery

A few weeks back, eBay had a 15% off everything sale on a Sunday, and I was feeling like I needed to make the most of it. There wasn’t too many things I could really need but I did decide … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Sandisk Extreme II 480Gb Solid-State Drive (SDSSDXP-480G)

I think there’s no doubt that I love solid state drives. Can’t have enough of them. While on a “per gigabyte” basis, they look expensive compared to hard drives, their true economy is in saving time and improving performance. To … Continue reading

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An SSD in a USB 3.0 Enclosure: Part 2 – Transcend SSD340 256Gb + StoreJet 25S3

Having just done a review and teardown of the Transcend SSD340 256Gb SSD, astute readers will note that the product was purchased in a bundle with a Transcend branded USB 3.0 2.5″ enclosure. While the inclusion of the enclosure is … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown: Transcend SSD340 256Gb 2.5″ Solid-State Drive (TS256GSSD340)

Solid state drives are now a vital part of every computer I build and use. Most of my commonly used machines in my fleet have already been outfitted with SSDs, and it has paid dividends in terms of faster response … Continue reading

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Tested: Two Secure Digital (SD/SDHC) to CompactFlash (CF) Adapters

It seems that the modern trend towards smaller and faster has led to the CompactFlash card being relegated for use in industrial and professional high-end photography only, where its larger size is not a problem. Most consumer electronics have since … 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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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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Tech Flashback & Teardown: National PE-201C Electronic Flash Unit

It’s been another very busy week, so posts are a little bit “out of order”, but today I visited my Dad’s and went for a bit of a “dig”. It turned up quite a few pieces of “fruit” – one … 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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