Reviews and Problems with SanDisk Extreme FireWire Reader
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Not for Win7
16 July 2010
Summary: I bought this reader to download photos onto my PC which runs on Windows 7. It is slower than my old $15 USB reader! My PC tells me that the driver being utilized is a Microsoft driver dated 6/21/06 and that it is the most current driver available. A look at the SanDisk website shows 2 things: there is no SanDisk driver available for this reader for Win7, and that a number of other people posting on the forum have the same problem with no help from SanDisk.
Summary: I bought this product intending to plug it into my Vista 32bit desktop computer and use it to read my new 16 GB Sandisk Extreme IV UDMA chip. I thought it might be useful to have a fast reader. On the plus side, I can download a completely full chip in less than 10 minutes, and this is exactly what I wanted. What I didn't want was hardware that would cause Vista to crash so hard it has to reboot itself. My Vista setup is only a half-year old, and it's been very stable.
Summary: I use this to download files from a Nikon D700's type I CF card. The connection to the Mac computer running OS-10.4.11 is Firewire 800. It works with absolutely no problems at all and the file transfers go scary fast.
Summary: This firewire card reader is quite a bit faster than my usb card reader. I shoot RAW files which are quite large and they download super quick. All I had to do was plug it in and it was ready to go. It certainly makes downloading large files a breeze.
Get a Clue PC users, 6-pin 400/9-pin 800 is Apple laptops standard.
12 June 2010
Summary: This is why when I researched laptops over the years, the first entry is, does it have 400/800 Firewire. When PC buyers whine about cost of machine, they never truly compare feature/feature of Apple / PC. Mac's have come standard with 6-pin 400/9-pin 800 firewire over the last 5-7 years. Recently, Mac's made the 800 firewire standard on the Mac Book Pro's, and dropping the 400 port.
Summary: I bought this to transfer images from a SanDisk Ultra CF card, since I much prefer plugging memory cards into a waiting reader instead of cabling cameras to the computer. Using it with a Mac Pro, it's fast, and works fine daisy chained off another FireWire 800 hard drive. The only downsides are: it's expensive, and it requires FireWire (duh) so no using it with the netbook I take while traveling. Still, this does exactly what it's supposed to do.
Summary: I got this to replace an older Lexar USB multi-format unit, and based on Rob Galbraith's throughput tests. It works as desired on my MBP -- through the shell, Finder, and within Lightroom. One thing I miss from the Lexar is a lid that flips over the slot to keep out dust. I'd also like to see an ejection button.
Summary: The reader is noticeably faster than my old Brand X USB reader. However it still does not reliably mount CompactFlash cards on the desktop. I often have to plug and unplug the reader several times before it's recognized by my MacBook. The reader is packaged in ridiculously hard plastic that requires sharp scissors to cut. The plastic itself is sharp enough to injure you after it's been cut if you aren't careful.
Summary: Sandisk now makes their Extreme 60MB/s and Extreme Pro 90MB/s compact flash cards. Important Update 2-19-10 I have completely rewritten this review, because the previous review where I said speeds were slower than they should be was wrong. I was only able to read at the specified speed of 40MB/s and Sandisk confirmed that this was the maximum for this reader even with the faster card. This is wrong!