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internal sd card reader

ElDorito 7,476 1,374 November 22, 2015 at 04:39 AM
I have a dell 435mt and am looking for an internal multi card reader (must have sd and micro sd) .... I am assuming it would go in my empty cd-rom bay, but not sure what hook ups etc that I need.. Looking to spend no more than $15.. can someone please show me what I would need to buy? Thanks.

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Any of these at Amazon [amazon.com] will turn the trick for you
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Quote from dale_101798 View Post :
Any of these at Amazon [amazon.com] will turn the trick for you
Thank you.

How would this hook up to my motherboard? I don't know what a usb header is.. I only know how to hook up drives with sata..

http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Mul...ard+reader

Apparently I'm going to hold off.. talked to a buddy of mine and he said i'm better off just using the usb one i currently have for external use.. I thought it would just be easier to have one built in, but he said to pass...
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These usually ship with PCI or PCIE connectors, they are also normally Plug & Play.

I agree with your buddy, I doubt you would actually benefit from reader that occupies part of your PC's front case.
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Quote from dale_101798 View Post :
These usually ship with PCI or PCIE connectors, they are also normally Plug & Play.

I agree with your buddy, I doubt you would actually benefit from reader that occupies part of your PC's front case.
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A front panel one is if one uses SD cards a lot, like say cameras or other portable devices. Plus some may have other features in addition to card reading. As for USB header, just look in your motherboard manual.
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Thank you.

How would this hook up to my motherboard? I don't know what a usb header is.. I only know how to hook up drives with sata..

http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Mul...ard+reader

Apparently I'm going to hold off.. talked to a buddy of mine and he said i'm better off just using the usb one i currently have for external use.. I thought it would just be easier to have one built in, but he said to pass...
The USB header is just an internal USB connection. It's a 5x2 pin header, and your motherboard almost certainly has a couple, although you should look it up first. The main thing you need to be careful of is that usb 2.0 and 3.0 pin headers are different.

I have and use an internal reader because I hate the clutter of yet another thing hanging off my computer and/or another thing I have to find when I want to read an SD card. The drive bay was just dead space otherwise, and I also get another front USB port out of this.
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Quote from dale_101798 View Post :
These usually ship with PCI or PCIE connectors, they are also normally Plug & Play.

I agree with your buddy, I doubt you would actually benefit from reader that occupies part of your PC's front case.
No, these don't typically have PCI or PCIe connectors. Most, including the one linked by the OP, have a USB header connection, which is an "internal" USB port directly on the mobo.

Personally, I prefer to have an internal reader instead of an external reader. One less thing on my desk, and I always know where it is.

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The USB header is just an internal USB connection. It's a 5x2 pin header, and your motherboard almost certainly has a couple, although you should look it up first. The main thing you need to be careful of is that usb 2.0 and 3.0 pin headers are different.

I have and use an internal reader because I hate the clutter of yet another thing hanging off my computer and/or another thing I have to find when I want to read an SD card. The drive bay was just dead space otherwise, and I also get another front USB port out of this.
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OP, the manual for your computer can be found on dell.com [dell.com]. On page 35-36, it shows an overview of the mobo you have. Items 16, 17, 18, and maybe 19 are all USB headers. You can plug the new card reader into any of these that are unoccupied.

I've been using something like this [newegg.com] for the last several years with no problems. It's a little more expensive, but comes with more USB ports on the front as well as an eSATA port. If you don't need them, stick with what you've linked.
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