iam thinking about getting a card reader all i have is a digical camera so i dont need anything fancy what does a card reader do will it download the pics from my camera without the camera being pluged into the pc as i have trouble with my cameras software this is the main reason for the card reader.many thanks
If you have a digital camera, a card reader is almost essential. You can remove the card from the camera, and download the pictures to your computer via the card reader. You just treat the card like another drive, so you can erase the files on the card, and even copy pictures from the hard drive to your camera card. Most card readers are connected to a usb port, and some fit in place of a floppy drive and connect to a usb header on the motherboard. The most useful card readers are 6-in-1, and can accept almost any type of memory card. If you have Windows XP you may not even need to load any drivers. Some motherboard makers have their own brand card readers which can simplify installation.