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SmartMedia cards may work fine with your equipment, but you
could run into difficulties transferring their contents to your PC.
That's what we ran
into. Our Olympus D400 is still a pretty good camera, even
though it's been around a while. When we recently got a good
price on 32 MB SmartMedia, we retired our original 8 MB card.
And put out to
pasture the floppy disk adaptor that came with the camera. It
was unable to read the 32MB card.
We were fed up with
that kludge device at any rate, and eager for a good excuse to use a
The SanDisk is aptly
named. For all practical purposes, it's a new kind of disk
drive except- gee whiz, no disk, no drive.
The SanDisk USB
SmartMedia Reader/Writer is our choice for convenience and ease of
SanDisk ImageMate USB SmartMedia Reader/Writer
Also available for CompactFlash,
MultimediaCard, Parallel Port versions.
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USB SmartMedia Reader/Writer
Film" not just for cameras, MP3s
If you're looking for an easy, inexpensive way to transfer any
type of data to and from SmartMedia, CompactFlash, or
MultiMediaCard memory modules, the SanDisk ImageMate could
be right for you.
If you have a
portable digital camera or MP3 player, you're familiar
with these wafer thin, credit-card sized
data storage modules. They enable you to transport and
access large amounts of data in a very small space. A 32
MB module holds as much information as about 20 standard floppy
If your portable
device lacks a direct USB connection to your PC, you're stuck
with slow, unreliable, and cumbersome serial transfers or
battery powered floppy disk adaptors.
Convenient to use, a snap to install...
The SanDisk ImageMate solves the problem neatly, conveniently,
and inexpensively. Installation is as easy as it gets: run the
installation disk, and plug the hardware in.
As far as your USB
enabled computer can tell, you just added a removable disk drive
to your system. The SanDisk shows up in your file manager
as a new drive letter. Insert your SmartMedia card, and
the SanDisk is ready to use.
This product is
aptly named. In every respect, it behaves like a removable
disk drive, and does all the things that removable disk drives
do. And as this is written, SmartMedia is readily
available at 128MB. That's more than a standard Zip Disk,
with less mass than a credit card. Seriously, we remember
seeing something like this in the Star Trek: Next Generation
Thankfully, SanDisk avoided that '70's Panasonic shape of the
future look that seems suddenly too popular. It's
about the size, shape, and general appearance of a slightly
overfed desktop mouse, and weighs much less than our Logitech
wireless. Like a mouse cord, a USB cable extends from the
end of the unit.
Plug it in and
move it around as you like. Because it's USB, you won't
have to turn off your computer or reboot it. The SanDisk
is powered through the USB, so there's no separate power supply.
For this reason, though, you have to connect it directly to your
computer, or through a powered USB hub.
If you're looking for a
quick and easy way to use SmartMedia with your USB enabled
computer, whether to transfer digital photographs from your
camera, manage your MP3 collection, or transfer large data files
from one computer to another, the SanDisk will do the job with
the least amount of bother.
For PC's and Mac's.
Also available for CompactFlash, MultimediaCard, and in parallel
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