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USB 3.0 Card Reader / Writer for microSD Cards - USB-C

Transfer data quickly from your microSD card to your USB-C enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer

Product ID: MSDREADU3C

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  • Transfer photos, videos, music and other files from your microSD card to your USB-C enabled tablet, laptop or smartphone
  • Durable aluminum housing provides safe storage for your microSD card when not in use
  • Supports USB 3.0 with data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps

This card reader/writer gives you a fast and easy way to transfer photos and videos between your microSD™ memory card and your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other USB-C™ device. It makes it easy to take your microSD card data with you wherever you go, with its compact, portable design. 

Fast data transfers to and from your microSD card

Quickly offload the data from your microSD card so that you can instantly view, listen to and evaluate your work or replay your experiences.

It’s the ideal solution for transferring high-definition videos, high-resolution photos, music and other data files from your video and audio recording device, digital camera, and other portable devices to your USB Type-C™ enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Through USB 3.0 (also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1), the card reader/writer provides data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps. The adapter is also compatible with Thunderbolt™ 3 USB-C ports and backward compatible with USB 2.0, 1.x devices.

The perfect travel companion

The card reader's compact form factor makes it easy to take with you wherever you go, to quickly share content from your digital camera or another device. Its unique design enables you to turn your microSD card into a portable thumb drive that’s compatible with the latest smartphones, tablets, laptops and other USB Type-C enabled devices.

It also comes with a cover that fits over the slot to protect your microSD card when it’s not in use.

Easy to use

The USB 3.0 card reader/writer is ready to go. It’s OS independent, so you don’t have to install additional drivers or software. It is also USB powered so it does not require an additional power source.

The MSDREADU3C is backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Quickly offload videos, photos, music and other files from microSD card to your USB-C enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop - ideal for creative professionals and photo enthusiasts
  • Use your microSD card like a USB-C flash drive

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030863834

Compatibility

  • OS Independent logo
OS independent; No software or drivers required

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Drive Connectors MicroSD
1 - Host Connectors USB Type-C (24 pin, 5Gbps)
Environmental Operating Temperature 0°C to 70°C (32°F to 158°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 75°C (-4°F to 167°F)
Humidity 0% ~ 80% RH
Hardware Interface USB 3.0
Bus Type USB 3.0
Number of Drives 1
Drive Installation Removable
Chipset ID Genesys Logic - GL3224
Packaging Information Shipping (Package) Weight 1.4 oz [40 g]
Package Length 3.9 in [10 cm]
Package Width 2.0 in [50 mm]
Package Height 0.9 in [22 mm]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 5Gbps
Type and Rate USB 3.0 - 5 Gbit/s
UASP Support No
Max Drive Capacity Tested up to 64GB
Memory Media Type microSD (Micro Secure Digital)
microSDHC (Micro Secure Digital High Capacity)
microSDXC (Micro Secure Digital eXtended Capacity)
Physical Characteristics Color Black
Material Aluminum and Plastic
Product Length 1.1 in [28.8 mm]
Product Width 0.9 in [22 mm]
Product Height 0.3 in [0.7 cm]
Weight of Product 0.1 oz [3 g]
Power Power Source USB-Powered
Software OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package USB 3.0 card reader/writer for microSD Cards - USB-C
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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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