How to install card reader driver

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How to install card reader driver
SD cards are one of the many card types supported by most multi-card readers. (SD Card Toolbox image by Ron-Heidelberg from

Most digital cameras and camcorders allow users to increase the device's storage capacity with a memory card such as an SD card. Aftermarket memory card readers allow users to easily access the data contained on the cards and can be installed in just a few seconds. In most cases, the operating system will automatically detect the reader and install the correct driver. In the rare instance that the operating system is unable to install the driver, it can be installed manually. Once installed, users can view the data stored on the memory card by inserting the memory card into the card reader.

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  1. 1

    Insert the USB cable of the card reader into an open USB port on your computer. Once inserted, Windows will automatically detect and attempt to install the correct drivers. If the installation is successful, an information bubble or dialogue box will appear, confirming a successful installation. If the automatic installation is not successful, you will need to manually install the drivers.

  2. 2

    Go to the manufacturer's website in your web browser. Click on the "Downloads" or "Support" link, and then enter or select the model number of your card reader. Download the driver for your operating system, saving it to an easy-to-access location, such as the desktop.

  3. 3

    Right-click the compressed folder, and click "Extract all" to extract the files from the folder if the folder is compressed.

  4. 4

    Unplug the card reader from the computer, and close all running programs.

  5. 5

    Double-click the set-up file, and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation of the card reader driver.

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