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Enrique Orozco
SxS reader alternatives
on Jan 17, 2009 at 6:55:15 pm

searching for the sony reader options found this:

http://www.synchrotech.com/product-usb/usb20_to_usb20_expresscards_host_ada...

...anybody have used it ?? other options ?? any feedback would be nice ... I want to read also my MxR SDHC combos....

Kind Regards

Enrique Orozco R.
http://www.dvideostudio.com >iDEA DigitalVideoStudio


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Craig Seeman
Re: SxS reader alternatives
on Jan 20, 2009 at 4:44:30 am

I take it you're looking to use this with a desktop computer. Generally laptops with Express card slots can handle both PCIe and USB Express cards.

The above mightwork with USB type (like MxR) but it's untested as far as I know. By design I wouldn't be thrilled with something like that sticking out of my USB port. I'd much prefer a card reader with a USB (or firewire) cable so I'm not hanging something directly of the computer port.

If they have a fair return policy you could always buy, try, return if needed. It would take more than a few minutes to test.

They have a list of cards they've tested with but obviously not MxR adaptor.
http://www.synchrotech.com/support/tech-notes-01.html#compat-usb-exp




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Andy Nagel
Re: SxS reader alternatives
on Jan 24, 2009 at 5:05:18 am

I was disappointed to discover that my MxR card adapter is not read by the Sony SBACUS10 USB reader. Unlike with the Sony SxS card, the MxR when inserted does not seem to click into place, and the drive status light doesn't go on. The MxR card adapter with Transcend 16Gb SDHC records fine, and is recognized and reads when in-camera and connected via USB transfer to MacG5. But not when placed into Sony's USB card reader... Has anyone experimenting with MxR experienced this?



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Craig Seeman
Re: SxS reader alternatives
on Jan 24, 2009 at 5:16:28 am

The Sony reader is PCIe based. There's nothing wrong at all with MxR card which is USB based. Just because the form factor is similar doesn't mean the cards are the same. They're two different beasts entirely.



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Andy Nagel
Re: SxS reader alternatives
on Jan 24, 2009 at 4:05:27 pm

I get it now, thanks Craig. Thus Enrique's search for a USB card reader for MxR. What about placing the SDHC card directly into a simple USB card reader? Is that a possible solution?



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Michael Palmer
Re: SxS reader alternatives
on Jan 24, 2009 at 4:17:39 pm

Here is a combo card and USB reader for under $30, opps sorry they just jumped up the price
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208377

It was $29;96 yesterday

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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Michael Palmer
Re: SxS reader alternatives
on Jan 24, 2009 at 4:19:04 pm

Here is a combo card and USB reader for under $30, opps sorry they just jumped up the price
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208377

It was $29;96 yesterday
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208377


Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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Craig Seeman
Re: SxS reader alternatives
on Jan 24, 2009 at 4:30:14 pm

[Andy Nagel] "What about placing the SDHC card directly into a simple USB card reader? Is that a possible solution?"

That's what I do. I have a Sandisk 12 in 1 reader. I just pop the SDHC card in. One might certainly find a USB based Express card reader though.

There are a handful of readers that can handle both PCIe and USB Express cards. The problem is PCIe Express cards can't be "hot swapped" (Computer reboot on Mac or Find New Hardware on Windows) so there's not much motive to pursue that.

It seems laptops are "unique" in their ability to handle both PCIe and USB Express cards and allow the hot swap of PCIe Express cards. I've heard various reasons for that. Basically, for desktops, it would involve either OS or BIOS changes (and possibly hardware changes as well) in handling PCIe to allow hot swapping.

Synchrotecn explains some of this as they do have PCIe/USB Express card readers.

http://www.synchrotech.com/products-expc/pcie-expresscard-slot-drive_02.htm...
http://www.synchrotech.com/support/tech-notes-hot_swapping_pcie_based_expre...
http://synchrotech.blogspot.com/2008/11/can-i-rescan-pci-expansion-slots.ht...





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