How to Use a Card Reader & Writer

By Hollan Johnson

A card reader and writer is a device that plugs into a computer with a USB port and allows you to read and write a variety of memory cards. Depending on the type of card reader and writer you have, you can read and write one to 12 memory cards, from SD and mini-SD cards to PSP memory sticks. It is a handy computer peripheral if you use a lot of devices with different kinds of memory cards.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
  • Windows XP or higher

Mac OS X

Step 1

Plug the card reader and writer into your Mac computer’s USB port.

Step 2

Insert a memory card into the card reader and writer’s slot. An icon with the card’s name will mount on your desktop.

Step 3

Open the card’s icon on your desktop and remove files from it or place files on it.

Step 4

Drag the card’s icon into the trash and pull the card out of the card reader when you are done.

Windows

Step 1

Plug the card reader and writer into your Windows computer’s USB port.

Step 2

Insert a memory card into the card reader and writer’s slot. Explorer will open automatically.

Step 3

Double click on the disk image titled “Removable Disk.” The title will have a letter after it.

Step 4

Remove files from the disk or place files on the disk.

Step 5

Left click on the “Remove Hardware” icon in the System Tray and select “Safely Remove Mass Storage Device - Removable Disk” with the name of your disk on it. Remove the card from the card reader and writer.