Use a microSD Card to USB Adapter
Edited by Train Wreck, Eng, VisiHow, Doug Collins and 1 other
For many people the microSD card has been something of a mixed blessing. This is because sometimes you encounter a computer or laptop where there is no SD card adapter, or more commonly, you simply don't have the SD to microSD card adapter with you. When this happens you are not able to access the data on your microSD card. That can be frustrating. It can cause business delays, and it can create personal problems if you can't access important family photos. This is especially true if you have important photographs or documents on your card that you are unable to access.
Fortunately there is a new type of microSD card being shipped, and you can either purchase these new microSDXC cards, or you can purchase a standalone adapter. In the tutorial below we are going to show you exactly how to use one of these new microSDXC cards. We will be using a Kingston 64 GB microSDXC card. This is a class 10 card, which means it suitable for media such as videos and burst photography or large format rapid data transfer files.
Unpack a Kingston microSDXC Memory Card
The first thing we will need to do is open our Kingston 64 GB memory card.
The easiest way to do this is by following the instructions on the pack. Simply flip the package over, get yourself some scissors, and cut along the top of the pack as indicated.
Once you have cut along the top of the pack, you will be able to flex the edges and open the package.
You can then cut or pull the packaging open.
We simply pulled down the sides of the package.
This opens the package and allows easy access to the plastic memory card packaging.
Then, pull the plastic SD card packaging out of the paper.
Flip it over so you're looking at the back of the microSD card, and then carefully pull the plastic open from the bottom.
Now, you can turn the plastic packaging over.
Push out on the back of each section, which will cause the components to fall out one at a time. Make sure you do this on the table or other secure area, so that you do not lose or drop any of your components.
When you have finished, you will have a microSD card adapter, a microSD card, and a microSD-to-USB adapter.
We will show you how to use each of these in the next section of this tutorial.
Use a microSD Card to USB Adapter
In order to use your microSD card, you will simply take the card and insert it into any phone or other device that supports it.
The microSD card is a standalone item and does not require anything other than a supported device to save files to it.
The microSD card adapter functions as a large port where you may slide the microSD card into.
Once you have slid the microSD card into the port all the way, you can use it in any supported system that has a microSD card adapter slot.
Additionally, you may also slide the lock button up or down to prevent read-and-write capabilities on your microSD card.
Note in the photo below that we have the lock button in the midway position. It is halfway between locked and unlocked. To lock push all the way down towards the bottom where the microSD card is inserted. To unlock push all the up to where the Kingston text appears.
Next we have the microSD-to-USB adapter.
The purpose of this adapter is so that you don't have to constantly carry around your microSD card adapter. It will allow you to have a USB device handy, where you can insert your microSD card into the USB adapter.
To insert your microSD card into the USB adapter, simply place it into the top section, which is also where the string is tied holding it.
Then push firmly until the microSD card is seated all the way.
It should be flush with the back it should not be sticking out from the back.
To remove it, simply use your thumb on the small raised edge and slide it out.
If you have difficulty removing it, remove the string attaching it to the key chain adapter, and then try to remove it.
When you have finished, return the key chain adapter to the device by making a loop in passing the head of the key chain adapter through the loop.
After that you will pull until the string is tight again.
You now know how to use your microSD card in a USB adapter, which can be attached to any key chain, so you always have it with you.
Recent edits by: Doug Collins, VisiHow, Eng