The cable is setup in a way that it is easy to plug it in. The
red, white and green wire are in a 3-pin jumper and the ground is in a
single pin jumper. It also has an extra USB A plug on the front and wires set up
the same way. Both bundles of wires are marked seperately so you know which one
is where. After plugging it in I ran the cable alone the side with the SATA
cables and Power/Reset/LED wires. This keeps the clutter down to a minimum.
Since things are installed, it's time to get
the test media lined up for a picture. I have two 256MB CF cards, one
256MB SD card and one 128MB xd card. I also have a 64MB Sony MS card, but
it's in the camera that I am using.
The system fired up and all of the ports on
the card reader are given their own drive letter. No drivers are needed to
be installed (W2k Sp4). I used it to move the MP3 from the CF card over to the
SD card, and add the new version of Perl5 for my Sharp Zaurus on the CF card.
The xD card was tested to see if it can move a couple of the movies from
the camcorder on it it. I then took the pictures off the MS
card and moved them to my NSLU2 so I would
have access to them from any machine on the network.
After I did the file shuffle, I ejected all
of the cards and placed the other CF card in the reader and ran SiSsoftware
Sandra's speed test. Not the fastest speeds on the planet but it is faster
than a Jaz drive by a bit and blows away Zip and Floppy drives.
If you have a bunch of media around, grab yourself one of these
readers to make your life easier. You'll save a lot of time down the road by not
swapping out data cables over and over.