Using a generic microSD card adapter or reader

MicroSD adapters or USB readers are typically bundled with microSD cards or you can get them for cheap anywhere. The utility of adapters are in question mostly because microSD cards were originally designed to be used for a specific device and not switched back and forth between mobile devices like a USB flash drive or the larger SD cards. In fact, plugging in a microSD card to a Linux, MacOSX or Windows machine using an adapter and regularly switching the card between PCs and mobile devices may actually cause problems when it's reinserted to an Android, Windows 10 or Windows Phone device later on. Nevertheless, microSD adapters can be useful when you want to backup or extract data from a dead or damaged mobile device or you're upgrading the microSD size. Using a USB microSD adapter for transferring large files is also arguably faster than connecting a mobile device directly to a PC, though this really depends on the host and client OS, file manager, type or speed of card involved.


Since microSD card adapters and microSD dongles are plug and play, they should work regardless of what operating system you are using. I've had occasional issues with openSUSE, Fedora and Debian-based Linux distributions detecting a Kingston microSD on a Sandisk microSD adapter, but had no problems with a USB microSD card adapter. As a footnote, however, always take care when deleting or even formatting microSD cards through a card adapter or USB reader. Using the target mobile device to format a microSD directly is almost always recommended.


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