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Nov 25, 2017 14:48 |  #1

Just purchased an HP Envy 13" laptop with 512GB SSD and a microSD slot, and I have two questions:

1) Is the microSD slot a safe way to store additional data, such as photos, videos and documents?

2) If so, which microSD card would you recommend? Larger the better.



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Nov 25, 2017 15:14 |  #2

Micro SD cards aren't nearly as fast as SSDS so take that into account. I'd say they're probably not as reliable as an SSD but you should be backing them both up so it shouldn't be an issue. Sandisk and Samsung make great flash storage products.




  
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Nov 25, 2017 15:19 |  #3

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Micro SD cards aren't nearly as fast as SSDS so take that into account. I'd say they're probably not as reliable as an SSD but you should be backing them both up so it shouldn't be an issue. Sandisk and Samsung make great flash storage products.

I'm only going to store things like photos, videos and documents in a microSD, and yes, I ALWAYS back them up in several other locations. I just don't want to clog up the entire SSD space with these.



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Nov 25, 2017 16:48 |  #4

mSD cards are good for temporary storage; but, for long term storage, you'd be better off getting an external, USB hard drive. A 200 gigabyte mSD will run you around $50, whereas a 2 TERABYTE external drive runs only about $15 more...

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The USB 3.0 drive should give you at least as good, if not better, access performance and you're much less likely to misplace it ;)


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Nov 25, 2017 17:00 |  #5

Snydremark wrote in post #18504005 (external link)
mSD cards are good for temporary storage; but, for long term storage, you'd be better off getting an external, USB hard drive. A 200 gigabyte mSD will run you around $50, whereas a 2 TERABYTE external drive runs only about $15 more...

https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …ltra_uhs_i_micr​osdxc.html (external link)
https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com …backup_plus_por​table.html (external link)

The USB 3.0 drive should give you at least as good, if not better, access performance and you're much less likely to misplace it ;)

Thanks for the links. I already have a 2TB external drive. Since I have no use for the mSD slot in my new HP Envy laptop, I want to just stick a card in it as an additional storage drive. Not a bad price shown on your first link.



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Nov 25, 2017 19:12 |  #6

I'd like to know who inside HP thought anyone wanted a micro SD card reader instead of full-sized SD.




  
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Nov 25, 2017 19:45 |  #7

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I'd like to know who inside HP thought anyone wanted a micro SD card reader instead of full-sized SD.

LOL, I'd like to know, too! I almost went with Dell XPS 13" with the SD card slot, but this HP had better specs especially for photo and video editing PLUS $200 less. An mSD slot was a minor inconvenience at that point.



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Jan 05, 2018 16:52 |  #8

No uSD and SD isn't going to be as reliable as internal SSD. Not only the flash in the SSD will be of higher quality, the internal data protection scheme on SSD will also be a lot more sophisticated.

And on to uSD capacity, as you go higher on uSD, you should notice the speed rating also gets slower. This is because in order to get more capacity into such a smaller package, manufacture are using more bit/cell in the flash. All high capacity uSD is in TLC today while lower capacity will still remind in MLC, which is not only faster but more reliable. Large capacity uSD and reliability are properties that against each other.

Personally, I won't use uSD as long term data storage for important data.


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Jan 05, 2018 21:45 |  #9

It will work just fine. Back, like you plan to and good to go. Just think of how long you use and the abuse the micro SD in your phones get. Never had one fail. Knock on wood.




  
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wisv1k wrote in post #18534566 (external link)
It will work just fine. Back, like you plan to and good to go. Just think of how long you use and the abuse the micro SD in your phones get. Never had one fail. Knock on wood.

Right, used in phones and tablets. I never had one fail either. I use SanDisk or Samsung cards. I always back up.


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