PC card / Card Reader

  rezeeg 21:05 15 Dec 2006

I've never used the above on my laptop (only had it 2 years :-(( ).

PC card slot - supports one standard Type II CardBus (PCMCIA)

5-in-1 card reader - accepts MMC, SD, xD-Picture Card, Smart Media and Memory Stick/Pro.

I've trawled the net to bone up on these but am now more confused (not too difficult!).

Q1 - can I use either or both to back up the HD?
Q2 - what's the max. capacity of each?
Q3 - is there a standard physical size that fits all laptops?
Q4 - if Q1 = 'yes' would it be preferable to using DVD (which I use currently)?
Q5 - any recommended manufacturers/suppliers?

  Technotiger 21:08 15 Dec 2006

The PCMCIA slot is usually for Wireless Card connection.

The Card reader is just that for reading cards such as those found in digital cameras.

Hard drive backup is better done to a external hard drive connected via USB.

  Technotiger 21:10 15 Dec 2006

PS - if you have no spare USB ports, then a PCMCIA 2port usb card could be used here.

  rezeeg 21:33 15 Dec 2006

Thanks Technotiger. Don't fancy carting an external drive around with me (away 3-4 months at a time).

  Technotiger 21:35 15 Dec 2006

Well, I dunno - you can get them these days no larger than a laptop's floppy drive, well almost.

  Technotiger 21:37 15 Dec 2006

or, get yourself a 1Gb or 2Gb USB Flash Drive, fits easily on a key ring.

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