How to open the SD slot on a laptop

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How to open the SD slot on a laptop
SD Card (Softpedia)

Many new laptops are shipped with built-in SD card readers as standard input devices. The SD card reader will often have a plastic slot protector to protect the device during shipping and handling. The plastic slot protector must be removed before the drive may be used.

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Things you need

  • Laptop with an SD card reader

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  1. 1

    Locate the SD card reader slot on the laptop. The SD card reader will be a small and rectangular in shape. It's location will vary by laptop model.

  2. 2

    Press the centre of the rectangular shape with a fingernail or paper clip until the latch clicks and releases.

  3. 3

    Gently grasp the plastic slot protector and remove from the SD card reader slot.

  4. 4

    Insert an SD card. No additional software or drivers should be needed.

  5. 5

    Press until the toggle latch catches and secures the SD card in the reader. The device will register in the operating system as a new drive.

Tips and warnings

  • SD card readers on computers and laptops use a toggle latch. One press will secure the device and a second press will release the device.

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