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Transcend TS-RDF5K USB 3.0 Support SDHC (UHS-I), SDXC (UHS-I), microSD, microSDHC (UHS-I), and microSDXC (UHS-I) Flash Card Reader
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Pros: It works, smaller than my old card reader, has micro and full size SD card slots and more reliable.

Cons: not free
does not make old cards faster
usb cover is probably easy to loose
i almost stuck my velcro tape on the clear protective cover (instead of the adapter) that prevents scratches cause i did not see it

Other Thoughts: It was able to write a large amount of data (2.6GB) to my G. Skill Class 6 card (FF-TSDG16GA-C6) in 3:37 minutes at 12MB/s
2600000000 bytes (2.6 GB) copied, 216.696 s, 12.0 MB/s
* that card is known to exceed it's specked performance
* that was done over USB2, but i don't have any cards that can run at >60MB/s
My old card reader was the cheapest (under $1) thing i could get that had a micro sd slot on it, it worked fine for viewing camera pics, but it was flaky when it came to loading sd cards from raspberry pi projects, so i had been using my laptop for that

This is my 1st piece of usb3 hardware (not counting my laptop and desktop's motherboard)

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G.SKILL 16GB microSDHC Flash Card Model FF-TSDG16GN-C10
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Great cards for a great price 03/05/2016

This review is from: G.SKILL 16GB microSDHC Flash Card Model FF-TSDG16GN-C10

Pros: These cards work flawlessly with my Raspberry Pi projects!
Very reliable, i have had one of this model running around 8 months issue free
life time warranty

Cons: not free
not a good excuse to not backup my Pi's data
does not keep my cat from pushing power buttons

Other Thoughts: I have purchased 7 of these cards and 2 other G. Skill cards (16gb class 6 and 32gb class 10, both with a adapter)
I have used the class 6 one for about 2 years with a Raspberry PI B r2, i recently got the 32gb for my b+, and the 1st one of these i got i put in my A+ board (recently switch to a Zero), all 3 of those pis run perfectly, they run as headless servers, i have another one setup for a pi Zero to run in Ethernet gadget mode (used for prototyping circuits).

I have never had any of these cards get corrupt on me, even with power failures and a low grade power adapter that can barley keep the pi on (4.78V)
*that power adapter was only used with the class 6 16gb and class 10 32gb cards

I run Raspbian on my Pis, in installed it using this command from my ubuntu box
sudo dd b\s=4M if=Desktop/2016-02-09-raspbian-jessie-lite.img of=/dev/sdd
* the backslash will be ignored by bash and is only there cause of the bad word filter

The only time i had difficulty getting the OS (retropi) on one of these i blamed my $1 card reader, it installed perfectly using my laptop's internal reader (luckily i have a spare adapter to make it fit)
oddly that cheap adapter worked for raspbian

G. Skill is my brand of choice for SD cards and RAM

If you have any issues with a pi the 1st thing to blame is the power adapter, make sure you use a good quality one

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ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-3B EZConvert Lite Light Weight Open Air 2.5” to 3.5” SATA Hard Drive or SSD Converter / Mounting Kit
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Works with my hot-swap bays (no other reason to spend >$5 on a 2.5 -. 3.5 adapter)
Black PCB is a nice touch (we need more PCI/PCIe cards like that)
nice rubber pad on the door that closes locking the drive inside
it works

Cons: Much easier to insert the drive than to remove it, my MB882SP-1S-2B does not make that part hard
The screw holes are not threaded, my MB882SP-1S-2B has a brass insert with threads

If you are going to be swapping a lot of 2.5" drives around you will probably get a sore finger, you have to remove the drive from the hot swap bay,, then open the door on the adapter, put your finger on the corner of the drive and push it off the sata connector inside

ICY DOCK rebates are a long way from printer friendly (made it less unfriendly with GIMP)
* i will make a update if they reject it

Other Thoughts: I have 2 hot swap bays N82E16817998020 (but a older version with now I/O LED) and N82E16817997016 (i took the I/O led wire out)

I got this so i can put a 2.5" drive in both of my to swap bays at the same time

i had a customer loyalty coupon when i ordered, since this had a MIR on it i figured i may as well get a it for $7

Used Eggsaver shipping expected a envelope, got a box instead, that makes the cats happy

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Display Name: Chad M.

Date Joined: 08/05/11

  • Reviews: 44
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  • First Review: 12/03/11
  • Last Review: 03/12/16
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