Drivers are necessary to allow the operating system to communicate with the hardware inside the computer itself. This is also true for Flash media devices, such as SD card readers.
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PCs utilise hardware components from various manufacturers, so manufacturers provide their own software -- which are known as drivers -- to allow the operating system to communicate with their hardware. The computer will not be able to utilise the hardware device without this software.
Flash media devices such as SD cards, USB devices and solid-state hard drives are writable devices that can be electronically erased. Ricoh manufactures Flash media controllers, and it offers drivers that are required in order for the devices to function properly.
A PC with a Ricoh Flash media controller often has a built-in SD card reader as well as USB ports, which are all controlled by the Flash media controller. If you are upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7, you may see an error that the controller is unsupported or is incompatible hardware. Drivers may need to be installed for the device to work properly after a complete hard drive reformat and reinstallation of the operating system.
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