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Old 22-03-2008, 00:35   #1 (permalink)
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Slow card transfers

So just got back from a friend's birthday outing with over 300 shots, and I'm transferring them to the comp. It's taken about 20 minutes! I'm using a Sandisk Ultra II 4gb card, so not the fastest around, and the card reader is a freebie million-in-one thing. Which of these factors (or both) would be the main cause of the slowness?


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Old 22-03-2008, 01:02   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Slow card transfers

Data transfer off your card should be okay.

It's more likely that your card reader is only USB1.0 and not USB2.0

Card readers are so cheap these days it may be worth upgrading to a known make of USB2.0

Don't forget though that 10 mpixel photo's will take a while to download as they are 10megs roughly each
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Re: Slow card transfers

it takes me about 12 mintues to do about 100 my card reader is only usb 1 but when i got a new usb 2 one ages ago it crashed the machine everytime i plugged it in! ,lol i stuck with what i know works

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Old 22-03-2008, 01:56   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Slow card transfers

It is USB2.0, but you're right in saying that the (actually 12mp) photos (15mb each ) probably have something to do with it. Perhaps I'm just being impatient.
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So just got back from a friend's birthday outing with over 300 shots, and I'm transferring them to the comp. It's taken about 20 minutes! I'm using a Sandisk Ultra II 4gb card, so not the fastest around, and the card reader is a freebie million-in-one thing. Which of these factors (or both) would be the main cause of the slowness?


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I seem to recall not so long ago when we were discussing cards you said you were not bothered about transfer speeds!!!

Maybe an Extreme III card will help. A fast card and reader will be the only way to improve transfer speeds I suspect.

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Which of these factors (or both) would be the main cause of the slowness?
It could be neither - are you using Windows Vista? A friend had similar problems and after some research told me it was a known issue with Vista.
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I seem to recall not so long ago when we were discussing cards you said you were not bothered about transfer speeds!!!

Maybe an Extreme III card will help. A fast card and reader will be the only way to improve transfer speeds I suspect.

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LOL, I'm nearly as indecisive as Dave I didn't think I cared about transfer speeds until the first time I properly filled up the card, and realised how long it takes to get 4gb of images onto the comp
I do have the amazon voucher, but I am leaning more towards buying another HD to backup my most precious photos on...surely that's more important?

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It could be neither - are you using Windows Vista? A friend had similar problems and after some research told me it was a known issue with Vista.
No I'm using XP Pro, so probably not that, but thanks for the advice, might help some others if they're using Vista and having this problem.
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Old 22-03-2008, 11:30   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Slow card transfers

Maybe the shot term answer is to get the external HDD and A/some Extreme III 4 gig cards - not too dear and a bit faster.
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Re: Slow card transfers

Jack,

If speed is of the essence, then the fastest card/reader combo is the Sandisk Extreme IV or Ducati series over a FireWire 800 connection; they peak at about 38MB/sec, or about two RAW files per second in the case of the D300. Theoretically this means that you could clear a full 4GB card in about 2 minutes or less.

As to what is causing your s l o w card transfers - I'd say the reader would be the weak link here. Being a freebie, it probably doesn't have the same throughput circuitry as some of the branded card readers on the market.
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Re: Slow card transfers

Thanks for that Martin (VP), some useful info there I don't have a firewire port, and the IV cards are still a little expensive for me, but something I will probably end up investing in in the future. For now, I think I'll look at a better card reader and see if that helps
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Re: Slow card transfers

The cheapo ones from 7dayshop are OK. I'm not saying they're the fastest, but I've never found them slow.

7dayshop.com - Online Store

3.89 so you can afford to give it a try.
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Thanks Silky.
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Re: Slow card transfers

just a thought Jack, is your USB card in your PC USB 2.0 or 1.0, if your PC is relatively new then its sure to be 2.0
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Definitely 2.0, I've other devices that work with 2.0 stuff.
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Re: Slow card transfers

If I transfer direct from the Camera (via USB 2), it takes just under 2 seconds per Raw file so your 300 pics would be be around 8 mins. My new computer has a built in media card reader and this takes 1 sec per Raw file so your 300 pics would take 5 mins. I now now have Vista but both methods worked fine on Windows XP and Vista so I am not aware of any problem with Vista.
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