SanDisk Memory Cards

Memory cards are used to store media in many small digital devices. They are convenient, inexpensive, and can retain data for a very long time. SanDisk memory cards are the most popular brand used today and come in a variety of different types. The original SanDisk card was the CompactFlash which is still used today. This was followed by the very popular Secure Digital cards, including the miniature miniSD and microSD versions. Sandisk also produce Memory Sticks and other types of memory card.

Memory cards are used to store all kinds of digital data, such as pictures and music. They are about the size of a postage stamp and only a fraction of an inch thick. The majority of these cards are used in digital cameras and mobile phones. Their huge storage space allows thousands of pictures to be stored on a single card. They contain a Flash memory chip that stores the data in a way that does not required constant electrical power. A memory card can be placed in storage and not used for many years without any loss of data. The most popular brand on the market are SanDisk memory cards.

Sandisk is an American company that was founded in 1988. Despite being a relatively new company, it is now one of the leading suppliers of Flash memory cards, thumb drives, SIM cards, and digital music players. Their memory cards are used in a wide range of consumer electronic products sold over the past decade. Sandisk, along with other companies, developed the popular Secure Digital format which is currently the market leader in memory cards. There are several other types available, including Memory Sticks and CompactFlash.

The CompactFlash (CF) format was the first of many popular Sandisk memory cards. CompactFlash was launched in 1994 and is still going strong today. While it is has been eclipsed by the Secure Digital format, it is still preferred by photographers who use digital SLR cameras. The current range has capacities from 2GB to 16GB and many come with a lifetime warranty. Microdrives are small hard drives with large capacities that are packaged as CompactFlash cards. They use more power than Flash memory and are more easily damaged. They have a Type II format that is slightly thicker than the Type I format used for the Flash cards.

Secure Digital (SD) is the most popular of all Sandisk memory cards. The original cards had small capacities but the latest cards can store as much as a hard drive. The standard Secure Digital card comes in a range of capacities, from 512MB up to 8GB. They are easy to recognize with their distinctive red and blue label with white lettering. The new Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) cards have even more capacity, from 4GB right up to 32GB, and have a black label with white lettering. As with most memory cards, the high capacity ones are also the most expensive.

The standard Secure Digital card is very small but it is too large to be used in mobile phones and other compact devices. Smaller versions were developed, called the miniSD and microSD. They are the smallest of all Sandisk memory cards and are less than half the size of a standard Secure Digital card. Despite their small size, they have capacities which are just as large, ranging from 1GB to 16GB. There is also an adapter available that allows one of these smaller cards to be used in a standard Secure Digital slot.

SanDisk also makes Memory Sticks, including PRO and PRO DUO sticks. Memory Stick was originally a Sony product but the PRO range was the result of a joint development between Sony and Sandisk in 2003. The standard SanDisk Memory Stick is blue and is available in capacities ranging from 1GB to 16GB. They also produce faster versions but these are more expensive. They have black labels and many come with a lifetime warranty.

This SanDisk Memory Cards Review is Written/Updated on Oct 13th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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