How to Install an SD Memory Card

by Matt Koble

Secure Digital, or SD, is a format used for flash memory cards. These cards retain data when they're disconnected from their power source, making them ideal for storage in devices such as digital cameras, computers, cell phones and GPS navigators. The initial format, SD cards, have 2 gigabytes, or GB, of maximum capacity but newer SD standards such as SDHC and SDXC hold much more data. If your device is "SDHC-compatible" or "SDXC-compatible," you can use these cards instead of SD cards to store more data.


Ensure that your device features SD-card compatibility. This information should be in the manual, which also will indicate the card capacity accepted in your device.


Determine whether the device uses standard-size SD cards, MicroSD cards or MiniSD cards; these three cards are different sizes, so you won't be able to fit an SD card into a MicroSD slot. To plug a MicroSD or MiniSD card into the larger SD card slot, you'll have to utilize an adapter.


Find your device's SD slot. The manual will indicate the location of the slot.


Line up the card with the slot so the golden pins are face-down, with the card's label face-up. The card has one notched end, which goes into the device first. Press the card into the device until it clicks and snaps in.


Remove the card by pressing it into the device until it clicks again, releasing the lock. The card should pop out enough for you to grab it and pull it out of the device.

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About the Author

Matt Koble has been writing professionally since 2008. He has been published on websites such as DoItYourself. Koble mostly writes about technology, electronics and computer topics.