Back to Courier Columns Page

by Phil Ball

Q. I finally broke down and bought a newer, bigger memory card for my camera. Everything was fine for a few test shots and then I put it into my card reader. Somehow my computer couldn’t read it. What is up with that? Have I lost my pictures?

A. You mentioned that you use SD cards. If your card reader is older, it only reads the older cards and cannot handle the newer, higher capacity cards. The new cards are similar but different from the older cards. The technology has changed and your old card reader cannot handle the changes which were made after it was manufactured. What you need to do is go shopping for a newer card reader that can handle the newer SDHC or SDXC cards.

The HC stands for high capacity and will be marked SDHC which means it will handle both the newer SDHC cards as well as the older SD cards so you don’t have to fool with different card readers for different cards. I’ve often seen them at my local office supply store for about $15-20. The other thing to make sure of is that your camera is new enough to work okay with the newer, SDHC cards. Often this is marked in or near the card slot on the camera or in the owner’s manual. If you cannot find your owner’s manual, go to your camera manufacturer’s website and download one. Most manufacturers offer their documentation on their website.

Published: Courier 9/4/11 - Page 5C