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    Hi! I am thinking of getting the Ridata 52x CF card together with a reader for my G5. It seems that there are a lot of choices, but I am not sure if they maximise the transfer speed of the card. Maybe current users can share with me your experience? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by theITguy
    Hi! I am thinking of getting the Ridata 52x CF card together with a reader for my G5. It seems that there are a lot of choices, but I am not sure if they maximise the transfer speed of the card. Maybe current users can share with me your experience? Thanks
    For performance, there are currently only 2 standards, the USB 1.1 and 2.0, the USB 2.0 is much faster than the USB 1.1

    So long as it is a USB 2.0, brand to brand comparision should not see any performance gain.

    Portability wise, the CF-only readers are more compact but for a bit more, a 6-in-1 reader is more versatile as it can read more types of media but is bigger.

    The CF readers price are very eratic here and can differ by a lot brand to brand.
    Do check each shop carefully and if in doubt whether it is a USB 1.1 or USB 2.0, can ask the salesman.

    (Usually if USB 2.0, it will indicate on the packaging, if no indication it is very likely to be a USB 1.1)

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    For maximum speed, get the readers with USB 2.0 support. Your PC will also need to have USB 2.0 ports for maximum performance. But if your PC only have USB 1.1 ports, the USB 2.0 reader is downward compatible with USB 1.1 ports as well (just that u don't enjoy the higher speed). Anyway, the price difference between USB 1.1 and 2.0 readers are not that great so it may make sense to buy the USB 2.0 version even if u currently only have USB 1.1 ports.

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    if your comp do not have USB2.0, you can always purchase a PCI USB 2.0 add-on card, cost about $30 in SLS.

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    Hi, thanks for the advice. I did not intend to get a USB 1.1 version, coz it will surely not reach 12mbps (max possible) bandwidth from my reads in other forums. Does anyone know if the Ridata 6-in-1 reader from the above link needs any driver for Win2K?? Or does any shop in Singapore sells this reader:

    http://www.pqi.com.tw/eng/ourproduct/travelflash.htm#03


    Thanks for all the help, really appreciate

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    http://www.pqieurope.com/ssr20.htm

    Features :
    100% Compatible with USB 2.0 Interface
    Max Speed Up to 480Mb/s
    Fully Support: Compact Flash Card / Microdrive
    Embedded USB Cable
    Mass Storage Supported, Driver Free for Windows ME/2000/XP
    Broad OS Supported, Including Windows 98/98SE/2000/XP
    Hyaline Design
    Plug & play and Hot Swapping
    LED Indication for Power & Access


    Seems like it is driver free. Wonder if anyone wants to mass order

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    I have a PQI 6in1 card reader...very good...with leather casing...and both short and long USB cable..very portable...
    500D, 18-55mm, 50mm f/1.8, SIGMA 18-200mm DC OS
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilluminatil/

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    Quote Originally Posted by theITguy


    Seems like it is driver free. Wonder if anyone wants to mass order
    for your info, most card reader are driver free..
    500D, 18-55mm, 50mm f/1.8, SIGMA 18-200mm DC OS
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilluminatil/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ekardo
    for your info, most card reader are driver free..
    it is ultimately dependent on your OS actually.

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