Flash Memory Formats
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What are the Typical Flash Memory Formats?
Flash memory comes in a variety of formats - all of which can be easily read into your PC or Mac with the right accessory. Many universal readers are available, and some MP3 players can use several different types of cards.
The most typical formats are:
- Secure Digital cards (SD cards)
- Mini SD and Micro SD cards
- Multimedia Cards (MMC cards)
- Compact Flash cards
- SmartMedia cards and Memory Sticks (used by Sony)
Most flash memory readers use the USB interface on your computer for uploading and downloading files. Flash cards can also be shared with your cell phone and digital camera, if the formats are compatible. If file sharing between devices is important to you, it is prudent to make sure that you buy devices with the same flash format.