Plugable USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader


  • “This little USB 2.0 card reader is nicely made, inexpensive, and SMALL…” JN “The Librarian”
  • “In each test on both computers, the Plugable card reader bested both of the two other card readers…I like that the USB plug is permanently attached.” – M. Erb
  • “I used this on two different Linux machines, windows XP, and windows 7 with no problems…” – Duhfactor
  • “I don’t even use my usb stick anymore, b/c I can just pop my 128 GB SD card into this and it does the same thing, but with more space.” – Supr Silvr


With a flexible USB cord to enable connections in tight places, and a compact design for easy portability, the Plugable USB2-CARDRAM3 is a great solution for on-the-go tech enthusiasts. If you’re looking to add support for the most common storage media types used in digital cameras, MP3 players, and mobile phones, our USB 2.0 card reader is a great choice.

Technical Specifications:

Uses the Alcor AU6427 chipset featuring:

  • SD, SDHC, SDXC, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, and MicroSDXC cards are supported in UHS-I mode up to 104 MB/sec
  • MS, MS Pro, MS Duo, MS Pro Duo, and MSXC
  • Supports newer high-capacity cards:
    • SDXC (capacity up to 2TB)
    • MSXC (capacity up to 2TB)
  • Cross Platform Support: no driver install required on most modern operating systems, uses built in USB Mass Storage drivers
    • Windows: XP/Vista/7/8
    • Apple OS: 9/X
    • Linux: All variants (including Android 4.x and Chrome OS) running kernel version 2.x, 3.x with USB Mass Storage Support

Please note that not all Android 4.x systems have USB Mass Storage support: The Google Nexus 7 is one notable example that lacks this capability.


Q: Do I have to install drivers?
A: No- the USB2-CARDRAM3 is plug-and-play. Just connect the USB cable to your PC, insert a media card, and go!

Q: How do I import pictures from my media cards?
A: This depends on what operating system you run. On most Windows PC’s you can use the “Import photos and videos” feature by simply plugging in the media card reader with a card in it. A similar import manager is available in OS X, as well as most major Linux distributions.

Q: Why doesn’t my SD card work properly in the USB2-CARDRAM3 but is fine in my other card reader?
A: We have found that select SanDisk 2GB SD cards, models SDSDB-002G-AFFP and SDSDB-002G-B35 are not compatible with the USB2-CARDRAM3. If you have either of these model SD cards please let us know by contacting us at

Q: Why can't my older computer read an SDXC card?
A: Because of their large capacity, SDXC cards (SD cards 64GB and larger) use a special format system called exFAT, which is not supported in computers with Windows XP, Windows Vista before Service Pack 1, and Mac OS X before version 10.6.6.

To add exFAT support to an Windows XP computer, follow this link, then download and install the appropriate update file for your operating system.

To add exFAT support to a Vista computer, upgrade to at least Service Pack 1. Service packs for Vista can be downloaded here.

For OS X versions before 10.6, you will need to upgrade your Mac to at least version 10.6. If you have version 10.6, click the Apple logo in the upper-left corner, and select Software Update to apply all current updates to the OS. More information on updating and upgrading your Mac is available here.

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