How to Add a Cardreader Into a PC

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How to Add a Cardreader Into a PC
Card readers can be installed inside or outside of the computer case. (multi card reader image by jimcox40 from

Connecting your camera to your computer to retrieve your images or videos can be slow because of limitations to the USB hardware most manufacturers implement in their products. Using a card reader can make transferring your images of videos two to five times faster. Card readers can be either external, using the USB port on your computer, or internal, using the USB connector on your motherboard.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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    Internal Card Reader

  1. 1

    Turn your computer off and unplug the power cable from the wall outlet.

  2. 2

    Use your fingers or a Phillips screwdriver (depending on your case model) to open the left case panel.

  3. 3

    Remove a 3.5-inch port latch from inside the case.

  4. 4

    Insert the card reader in the 3.5-inch opening from the outside cables first.

  5. 5

    Connect the USB cable to the USB connect on your motherboard.

  6. 6

    Connect a floppy or 4-pin connector from your power supply to the card reader if needed.

  7. 7

    Secure the card reader using screws provided with your case or use the quick release system of your tool-less case.

  8. 8

    Close the case and re-plug the computer power cord. Turn the computer on.

  9. 9

    Insert a memory card and click on "Open" when the prompt asks you what you want to do with the new card.

    External Card Reader

  1. 1

    Connect the USB card reader to a USB port on your computer.

  2. 2

    Wait for your operating system to detect the reader.

  3. 3

    Insert a memory card and click on "Open" when the prompt that asks you what you want to do with the new card opens.

Tips and warnings

  • A good internal card reader will not be any faster than a good external reader.
  • Do not try to push down when connecting the internal card reader to the motherboard. The connector is made to prevent plugging it in wrong, so avoid forcing it in.

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