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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a MicroSD Card

Andy Betts Updated 19-12-2018

Whether you need it for a phone, a camera, or some other gadget, shopping for a microSD card seems like a pretty simple thing to do, right?


Yet there’s a lot more to them than you might realize. It’s surprisingly easy to wind up falling into a number of traps: overpaying, getting terrible performance, or the card not working at all.

Let’s take a look at what mistakes you need to avoid when buying a microSD card.

1. Buying Incompatible SD Cards

All microSD cards fit into all microSD card slots, but they don’t all work. There are four different card formats, as well as different standards, and these determine compatibility.

The three main formats, which you’re probably already familiar with, are SD, SDHC, and SDXC (or microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC—micro and full-size cards are based on the same spec). The fourth format is SDUC. This was announced in June 2018, and it’ll be a while before the cards are available.

Each format is defined in the SD specification, but they don’t work in the same ways. As a result, the formats are not backwards compatible. You cannot use newer cards in hardware that only supports older formats.


microsd card formats

The differences between the formats are significant:

  • microSD: Has a capacity up to 2GB, and works in any microSD slot.
  • microSDHC: Has a capacity of more than 2GB and up to 32GB, and works in hardware that supports either SDHC and SDXC.
  • microSDXC: Has a capacity of more than 32GB and up to 2TB (although at the time of writing, 1TB is the largest available card), and is only supported in SDXC-compatible devices.
  • microSDUC: Supports cards up to 128TB, and will require a compatible device.

In addition to checking that a card’s format is compatible with your hardware, you need to check a few other details, too.


First, hardware that supports microSDXC slots won’t automatically support every size of card in this format. The Samsung Galaxy S9, for example, officially supports cards up to 400GB. There’s no guarantee that your 512GB card will work.


microsd card
Image Credit: Kingston

And if you’re planning to use your microSD card with your PC at any point—for example, to move files on and off—you also need to ensure your PC supports the file system From FAT To NTFS To ZFS: File Systems Demystified Different hard drives and operating systems may use different file systems. Here's what that means and what you need to know. Read More that the card is formatted with. MicroSDXC cards use the exFAT system by default. Windows has supported it for over a decade, but macOS only since version 10.6.5 (Snow Leopard).

Ultra High Speed

The SDHC and SDXC formats can support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface—faster circuitry that enables data to move at a quicker rate. The three versions of UHS are UHS-I (with bus speeds of up to 104MBps), UHS-II (up to 312MBps), and UHS-III (up to 624MBps).

In order to benefit from the increased performance of UHS, your hardware needs to support it. UHS memory cards will work in older slots but with a reduced bus speed of 25MBps.


2. Choosing the Wrong Speed

microsd card specs

Identifying the speed of a microSD card is even more complicated than deciphering formats and compatibility. There are no less than six ways to show how fast a card is, and it’s not uncommon for manufacturers to use all of them.

Speed Class

microsd speed class

The Speed Class shows the minimum write speed of a memory card in megabytes per second. There are four Speed Classes defined as follows:

  • Class 2: At least 2MBps.
  • Class 4: At least 4MBps.
  • Class 6: At least 6MBps.
  • Class 10: At least 10MBps.

Showing base level performance helps you to identify whether a card is suitable for a specific task. But because it tells you nothing about maximum speeds, it’s technically possible for a Class 2 card to be faster than a Class 6 card. Class 10 cards should always be noticeably faster, though, as they have a bus speed of 25MBps (compared to 12.5MBps on Class 2 to Class 6 cards).

UHS Speed Class

uhs speed class icons

The UHS Speed Class shows the minimum write speed for microSD cards that support the UHS-I, II, and III bus speeds. We’re listing it as a separate category because some manufacturers list both classes on their cards. The two UHS Speed classes are:

  • U1: A write speed of at least 10MBps.
  • U3: A write speed of at least 30MBps.

Application Performance Class

application speed class

The Application Performance Class specifies a minimum sustained write speed of 10MBps, along with a minimum random read and write speeds measured in input/output operations per second (IOPS). This guarantees an acceptable level of performance when storing and running Android apps on your card. There are two classes:

  • A1: Minimum random read speed of 1500IOPS; random write speed of 500IOPS.
  • A2: Minimum random read speed of 4000IOPS; random write speed of 200IOPS.

The Application Performance Class is something you can look at when you’re planning on installing Android apps on a microSD card How to Move Apps to an SD Card on Your Android Need to move apps to an SD card on your Android? Here's how to offload apps and free up storage space on every version of Android. Read More . It isn’t a necessity, though, as cards without the A-rating may still perform as well, if not better.

Video Speed Class

The Video Speed Class sets a minimum sequential write speed, which is essential when shooting video. The higher the resolution your video, the faster speed you need. There are five classes for video:

  • V6: Minimum write speed of 6MBps.
  • V10: Minimum write speed of 10MBps.
  • V30: Minimum write speed of 30MBps.
  • V60: Minimum write speed of 60MBps.
  • V90: Minimum write speed of 90MBps.

Rated Speed

While it’s generally safe to assume that a higher Speed Class correlates to faster all-around performance, and UHS cards faster still, some manufacturers also quote a maximum speed for their products.

These speeds are in megabytes per second and help you pick out the absolute fastest cards. The speeds are based on manufacturer tests, however, so they may represent a best case scenario rather than real world performance.

microsd rated speed

In practice, there are other external factors that will affect read and write speeds. If you’re copying files to your PC, for instance, your PC’s specs—and even the USB cable you’re using—will play a role.

Relative Speed

The other way manufacturers show the speed of their cards is a throwback to the old CD writing days. The original transfer rate for CDs was 150KBps. As drives developed, they would advertise themselves as being 2x, 4x, 16x, and so on, showing how many times faster than 150KBps they were.

You’ll often see microSD cards labelled like this. When a card is described as 100x, it means 100 x 150KBps, which is 15MBps. That speed is, again, under ideal lab conditions.

3. Picking the Wrong SD Card for the Task

When you buy a microSD card, it’s important to pick one that is right for its intended use. This means finding a card that is large enough and fast enough, but not necessarily the largest and fastest card out there. High capacity UHS-II U3 cards often still have a price premium and you won’t always notice the benefits they offer.

If you’re using a microSD card to store apps on your smartphone, then consider one with an Application Performance Class rating. But if you want a card so you can shoot 4K video on your phone, go for size and speed as a priority.

recommended microsd speeds

The SD Card Association recommends UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) or better for shooting 4K video. For full HD video, it suggests Class 10, or Class 6 at a push. If your card’s write speed is too slow, it will drop frames and produce stuttering video.

For photography, some users prefer several smaller cards to a single large one so they minimize the risk of losing all of their photos if a card corrupts. If you’re shooting RAW, where files might be 50MB or more, you’ll benefit from having U1 or U3 speeds (but they require at least SDHC format).

microsd adapter
Image Credit: Kingston

And in case you’re wondering, there’s no difference between a full-size SD card and a microSD card in an SD adapter. If your camera only has an SD slot, you can still use a microSD card in it.

4. Buying Fake MicroSD Cards

It sounds like an obvious thing to avoid, but sadly, buying fake memory cards is incredibly easy.

If you find a good deal on branded memory cards from a non-reputable seller, there’s a real risk it may be counterfeit. In fact, a few years ago a SanDisk engineer reportedly stated that as a many as a third of all SanDisk-branded cards were fakes. It’s unlikely that that number has declined since.

The buying guides on eBay include a page on spotting counterfeits due to how common they are. Amazon Warehouse sellers have been accused, too. If you’re buying from a source you’re unsure about, check the reviews first.

fake sd cards

Counterfeit cards correctly report the capacity shown on the packaging, but actually contain far less. You won’t notice this until the card fills up unexpectedly quickly.

Use the utility H2testw for Windows, or F3 for Mac and Linux, to check that the microSD cards you already own are genuine How to Spot a Fake MicroSD Card and Avoid Being Scammed Fake microSD cards have misleading high storage capacities. Don't be fooled! Here's how to spot a fake microSD card. Read More .

5. Cheaping Out on Brands

We’ve all owned flash memory cards that have stopped working for no apparent reason. While reliability is generally excellent, microSD cards do fail, and when they do, they’ll take all your data with them.

For this reason, buying cards from big brands is always better than buying no-name cards for cheaper. You can expect better performance, greater levels of reliability, as well as more robustness, with cards routinely protected against shock, water, and even airport X-rays.

microsd card data recovery

You also get things like a lifetime warranty and access to image recovery software. Manufacturers such as Lexar and SanDisk offer this as standard.

What’s Your Perfect MicroSD Card?

So you know how to avoid buying the wrong card. Now all you need to do is figure out what is the right card. What speed do you need for your chosen task, and should you get a massive 400GB card? Our guide to what is the best microSD to buy Supersize Your Phone! Should You Buy a 400GB microSD Card? Looking for the largest microSD card? SanDisk's 400GB offering might break all records for size, but its per-gigabyte value falls flat. We've covered the best large-sized microSD cards around. Read More will help you make your decision.

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  1. Hubert
    October 29, 2019 at 9:51 am

    The advertisments on this page are very annyoing. as the site always moves, because the advert resizes. And that quite often! makes it really shitty to read the whole article! The article is very good though. thanks

  2. Fernando
    September 13, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I bought an Adata 32 Gb micro SD card at a flee market in Mexico. I transferred a few short videos but lots of photos from the internal storage of my phone to it (oh, some apps too). They only lasted about a day on the card before it just erased ALL the data by itself. WTF! Did I get a fake card? Who knows. But I'm so mad about it.

  3. Mike
    August 19, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Snow Leopard is a decade old

  4. Paul
    May 20, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Typo in the A2 description:
    "random write speed of 200IOPS"
    should be
    "random write speed of 2000IOPS"

  5. Greg
    April 22, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Thank You for writing this informative guide. I was searching the internet looking for a card to put into my new, (New to me) Samsung Galaxy J7 Sky Pro. I thought it would be straight forward to just purchase a Micro SD card that had relatively good reviews, boy was I naive!

    I am going to wait until my phone arrives I think after reading your article and then see if perhaps I can get a ride to bricks and mortar store to get one!

    If anybody knows what card I would need for this particular phone I would be extremely grateful to know. The phone is being purchased from Safelink Wireless and I believe they use the Tracfone Wireless company. I am hoping this will end up being activated on the Verizon Network like the phone I am replacing currently is.

    Any buying advise appreciated and Thank You again for such a great article!

  6. daniel
    April 2, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I think you left out The physical dimensions of the 3 cards are as follows:

    (Full Size) SD – 32mm x 24mm
    Mini SD – 21.5mm x 20mm
    Micro SD – 15mm x 11mm

  7. Godel
    December 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    For dash cams and security cameras the SD card must be advertised and labeled as "high endurance".

  8. mle
    November 10, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Don't EVER buy electronics of any kind from Wish. I had bought a 100 GB micro SD from there for 10 dollars thinking it was a great deal, but it was a fake.

  9. Shanda Edstrom
    August 14, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Bought a 64GB microsd card off ebay years ago for around $25. I suspected it was fake but decided to take a chance knowing I was protected by eBays buyer protection as well as PayPals. Luckily I did some research about detecting fakes and tested the card using H2testw so I could easily prove it was a fake. Ebay has a frustrating way of going about reporting issues with purchases they required all buyers to contact the seller and attempt to solve the problem. This makes sense for smaller issues but I don't think this is fair for counterfeit items. If you can prove it, that is something that should go directly to ebay's support for review. Anyway, I had to contact the seller and even with screen shots of the H2testw showing the actual card size was really 2gb the seller argued with me insisting it was real and the test was wrong. A week later it was finally escalated to support and they offered me a refund but only after I sent the card back to the seller at my own cost. I flipped sh*t and told them that was ridiculous and they agreed to provide me with a one time prepaid label. I was still angry I had to send it to the seller, who no doubt planned on reselling it but I wanted a refund so I sent it back. Since then I no longer purchase memory cards from ebay or Amazon resellers.

  10. Vikash Kumar
    July 29, 2018 at 7:32 am

    I Bought a 32 gb sdhc Samsung Evo plus class 10 card for lyf wind 7i but it is very bad. The file automatically deleted at anytime and apps are not able to recognize sometimes. I shall have always reboot my phone to recognize sd card data. Can you tell me what should I do.please reply...

  11. Melissa
    April 18, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you very much for all of your useful information. I have been doing research on SD cards for mobile phones. I didn't know much to start off with, however, you have provided some very valuable information especially the differences between SD, SDHC, and SDXC. Really enjoyed this post.

  12. Paul McKeever
    February 27, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Hi Just popped a 128gb Scandisk into my HTC M8, formatted it for internal Memory fine for a While. then Phone got Very Hot ! removed Card and re installed it, all seems OK Now, asked HTC & They said it might Not be Supported ? told them it Should be OK up to 2T, They said its Only OK up to 256gb, Am I right in thinking I Read somewhere it Was able to Support up to 2TB if they Ever come onto Market that is ?

    Thanks in Advance

  13. jacobtony
    January 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    How to Choose Right Memory Card for Camera & Gadgets
    How do you choose the right memory card for camera and gadgets? There are plenty of Memory Cards available in the market of different size and speed built for different Gadgets. We selected a list of best Memory cards those are suitable for Camera, Phone, Dash Cams, Photography, Video recording, GoPro, 3DS, PS Vista, etc. You must select the right SD card with recommended card speed and size to get the best performance out from your gadgets.
    When I shop around for memory cards, I was just looking for the print ‘Class 10’. Later I realized there are other important things that I have to consider when I select SD card for my camera and gadgets.

  14. James
    October 24, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I gave up on buying high capacity memory cards cheaply from the local market after the first one, supposedly 64gb was full after around 10gb were written. Worse, when writing data to the memory card all looked well: it took about the normal length of time per GB and a view of the properties showed the data as there. It was only after trying to retrieve the data that problems became apparent.

    I swapped the faulty 64gb card twice before eventually agreeing to pay double (£20 this time) for a 128gb memory card. Same problem, this time after about 7gb data was no longer retrievable. I tried one more, useless "128gb" card before getting a refund and getting 2x32gb cards for £15 that work absolutely fine and store around about 29gb each - which for £7.50 is acceptable!

  15. gagragrsg
    September 17, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Once I bought a microSD card for my phone that had 128 GB of storage, only to find my phone only allowed up to 64 GB

    • maps
      July 27, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Lucky for you , you got 64GB , most of these fakes are really only 4GB that continuously rewrite over their own data !

  16. feafaegagesgtrs
    September 17, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    What would be the best card for a New Nintendo 3DS XL?

  17. TRAPP
    August 29, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Thank you Andy for the info. It is very helpful and I love it.

  18. Antoinette Brown
    August 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    No information on smartwatch sim/memory cards. Difference? the same? Why two slots?

      September 17, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      A SIM card is what your phone uses to connect to your cellular service provider. A memory card is a removable storage device.

    August 17, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Which Card. Should I Buy a 32 GB or a 16 gb when my device support. Maximum of 32 gb

    • eagaehrshsrh
      September 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      32 GB would be better, but like the article says you need to look at the specs to see compatibility and speeds.

    August 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Yes I bought a Samsung 32 GB Micro sdhc card from a seller and it was fake
    When I. Used it in multiple devices it currupted

  21. Josue Gonzalez
    April 7, 2017 at 4:11 am

    Which would be the best micro sd card for an LG V20 ? We own three of these.

  22. Josué González
    April 7, 2017 at 4:09 am

    Excellent review. This has always been a problem with nowadays hi-end cell phones. For example: which would be the best micro SD card for an LG V20 that supports 256 mb expantion ? We own three of these phones and want to expand memory to its maximum level.

  23. Darkitect
    March 16, 2017 at 9:36 am

    It was very informative and educative. Thanks for the nice review.

  24. Samitha Goshaka Ediriweera
    March 4, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Your insight on micro SD cards is outstanding. Thank you for sharing.

    Best regards,

  25. Stanley Urzendowski
    March 4, 2017 at 3:31 am

    I just bought an ibasso dx80 Hi Res player. It has 2 slots for micro sd cards (up to 2 tb).
    Which micro sd card would you recommend I use for music? Mostly C.D.'s converted to MP3 for iTunes.
    I'm thinking about going with a couple of 256 gb cards, or maybe even 512 cards.
    I know the more storage the cards have, the more expensive they are, but I've seen 512 gb cards advertised online for $59.99
    Sounds a little too good to be true.
    Thank you.

  26. Guilherme
    January 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Lifetime guarantee is only useful if you are willing to send your card with personal stuff to the manufacturer. In my case a have a Sandisk class 11 64GB Micro SD card that was working on a Galaxy Note 4 and after only one year of duty is refusing to allow writing. Fortunately I can read everything stored on te card and could recover all my stuff but can't write / format the card anymore (I also backup everything on a regular basis). I've read somewhere that when some kind of error occurs on the card a bit is turned on preventing in an irreversible way further writing to prevent data corruption. Nice idea, but if I can't erase my personal files I'm not going to send it to the manufacturer and will have to buy a new one. I don't really want family pictures and other personal files on others hands. It was my option.

    • egawheahsrhsr
      September 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Just wondering, did you accidentally put it into read-only mode by moving the switch on the side?

      • zabir
        January 14, 2018 at 1:28 pm

        "Just wondering, did you accidentally put it into read-only mode by moving the switch on the side?"

        No, there is no switch. It is a micro sd card. And not using any adapter which has lock switch.

    • Zabir
      January 14, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      lol ?. Same happened to me. My 16GB card turned into read only suddenly. I can view, copy, but not format or delete or write. I have tried so many ways to format it. Now sure I'm not going to send this card to warranty with my family stuffs, contacts backup etc.

  27. K noack
    January 1, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Help is more than appreciated when it can be utilized in the best possible way. I "Print" button would be wonderful! Thanks

  28. Luka
    December 30, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Hi, I am buying an SD card for my Samsung Galaxy J5 and which class should I go for? Is Class 4 gonna be alright? I dont want to spend too much money on it, but I dont want the card to be bad either. I would appreciate any of your sugestions.

  29. Londisk
    December 22, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Maybe you can try our SD cards. LOL.

  30. Garry Cowan
    December 2, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Bought a 32gb card from Amazon and encountered lots of reliability problems kept failing and had to repeatedly uninstall it from phone I installed card recognition app to find it wasn't the brand proportedon the packaging. Had to replace it with a relatively pricier model from a reputable shop in retrospect I should have done this the first time.

  31. Dibbendu Koley
    November 1, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Did you said that micro SD card and big SD cards will work the same (if compatible). If I use an adapter to use micro SD in camera it will work like big SD card???

  32. Alan
    October 13, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Add that you should never use a SanDisk Ultra microSD card in a dashcam and you could name the article 6 Mistakes to Avoid... I've had 3 go bad so far. They can't handle the abuse of the constant writing of HD video. I've t switched to Transcend High Endurance cards for my dashcams.

    • steven smith
      December 19, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      Rubbish i use 64gb ultra cards without ever a problem

    • Mike Walsh
      September 22, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      Excellent idea.

      Transcend have only just begun to make their mark in the consumer market, but prior to that they were well-established in the industrial sector.....where customers want high-quality, and long-term reliability above all else.

      Transcend gear is well worth the slight additional price premium.

  33. Perry
    August 30, 2016 at 4:00 am

    So many fakes on the market. I bought a 16gb in coles that was packaged as 16GB and turned out to be 8GB when i got it home :-(

  34. Christof88
    August 1, 2016 at 8:17 am

    "In order to benefit from the increased performance of UHS, it needs to be supported by your hardware. UHS memory cards will work in older slots but with a reduced bus speed of 25 MBps."

    So, does the samsung galaxy s3 i9300 have such a reduced bus speed? In other words, is it worth it to invest in a "Extreme Pro SDXC 128GB, 95MB/sec class 10 UHS I" for instance, will I ever get to the claimed 95/90mbps speed and does my type of smartphone even need that?

    I will be using it quite a lot to transfer FLAC music files back and forth so it could really be a timesaver.

    Thank you to all who are kind enough to reply.

    • john
      March 2, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      hey, i have galaxy s3 as well, and i also want to buy a similar type micro sd card. did your's work on your phone? i dont mind if it doesnt go to that speed.

      hope you reply

  35. aapreetam
    July 25, 2016 at 11:29 am

    it was used in android mobile and now not reading writing .

    Now i install it in java feature phone samsung GT-c3312 , In it although showing folders according mobiles as my moovies , videos etc but after copy any thing it gone out .

    a have a micro SDHC card of 4 GB , it always showing viruses as new folder etc in computer it showing 3.67GB free of 3.68 GB as we format it with format/q but show 3.67 GB and that new folder file as it . I tried with computer manage it shows it 3.69 GB , it format but in last after 99% showing bad (fat32, 4096 bytes) . I tried to format with dos command exfat / 32k ; it starts and in last show failure in 0 sector.

    I tried with norton AV but it don't show any error on it .

    pl help me how format it , with software or specifications.


    I tried with SDHC download software but it shows protected file and fails.

    pl help how format so it will usable

  36. Robaye
    July 24, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I was shocked how picky Roku 3 is with memory. 3rd try was finally a success from MicroCenter. Emtec 8MB Class 4. No luck with Microcenter brand nor SanDisk.

  37. shakes
    July 4, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    are you having an epileptic seizure? Can you shake any more?

    • DimplesGBG
      January 27, 2017 at 7:05 am

      You're so rude. It's thanks to people like Andy that we understand how people are ripping us off. I've bought 4 cards this year, not too cheap and Paypal have paid out on their behalf, (can't see why they would do that), but there you go. I wont buy any cards that aren't from Amazon itself now. The cards were 32GB but actually measured 4.7GB. The music wouldn't be there the next day, all kinds of problems with files. I've had problems with Samsung and Sandisk. Thanks again Andy, appreciated.

  38. MS
    June 27, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Can any SD cad reader read/write to any MicroSD cards. My card reader cannot copy or read files from 8GB or larger capacity SD cards. Has anyone experienced the same? While it detects the card and open it when trying to copy files from or paste into get sudden crash.

  39. anju
    June 21, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Please suggest good sd card for moto g 3rd gen

  40. Nanath Jayawickrama
    June 4, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    i'm going to buy a 2TB sdxc card to put to my htc one m8....just wanna know if it's compatible !!
    please help me!

    • Functional Member of Society
      June 5, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Jesus, use google, will ya?

      • Nanath Jayawickrama
        June 9, 2016 at 1:49 pm

        wow, i thought this site was to get help !!! if i cud find it in google i wudnt be here would i now???

        • Elaine
          June 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm

          You totally sound like you are making everything up. People who can afford to buy stuff wont be asking stupid questions in forums. You are at best someone seeking attention. And obviously this post wont change that.

        • Darwin
          October 15, 2016 at 7:52 am

          Elaine, really? It would have been simpler to just give him a short quick answer. However, it is widely known that people that put others down are the ones seeking attention.

    • Darwin
      October 15, 2016 at 7:50 am

      The card may be compatible but probably will not read the full size of the card. You have probably already done this research but are justified to an answer that does not look down on you.

      • GuccizBud
        December 30, 2016 at 5:37 pm

        Hey, Darwin?:? Elaine was right about putting the troll in his place. Read the original post?:? he's gonna buy a 2 TB SDXC card. Still don't get it? If you still don't get it I'll clue you in?: first, right now, the biggest SDXC card on the market is 512 GB. You won't find it in any store—heck good luck finding even 256 GB in stores—but it does exist. Its price is slowly coming down?… it's going for around $400 right now, down from about twice that a year ago. But even at $400, no one besides a handful of companies and the odd rich individual here and there buys 512 GB cards yet obviously.

        Secondly?:? just recently, about 3 months ago in September (and 3 months *before* your friend Nanath Jayawickrama made his ridiculous post, SanDisk® announced they created the biggest SD card in the world?:? a prototype card with an outrageous 1 TB of memory. At this point it's only a prototype as I said?—?no details available on price or even projected release date.

        Still, your happy doofus of a friend, whose defence you immediately sprung to and whose post you didn't even bother trying to understand, bounced into this comment forum and announced he's buying a 2 TB card, i.e. a product which not only does NOT exist and will NOT be on the market at a reasonable price for YEARS, but a product which is still so much on the drawing board that a prototype of it does not even exist.

        But still, your friend is buying one for his HTC, isn't he? Note that even if Elaine didn't zero in on the precise technical reasons why your friend (yes, I insist on calling him that) is a complete b*llsh*tter, she was still savvy enough to smell out his status of resident attention-seeking troll, wasn't she? And your friend the troll didn't thank you for "saving" him, did he? It's admirable to have a kind heart, but if you don't use your mind and logic to pick WHO you defend a little better then (a) you'll come across as gullible, but possibly more importantly where you're concerned, (b) your effort will have been wasted.

  41. Gadgety1
    June 1, 2016 at 8:51 am

    My 128GB SanDisk microSD SDXC failed. I get a refund of the value on the guarantee, but "access to image recovery software (to retrieve data from a damaged or corrupted card). Manufacturers such as Lexar and SanDisk offer this as standard." Sandisk Recovery Service is $375.

    • Dan
      July 11, 2016 at 2:31 am

      Make a habit of backing up your phone every week.

    • Greg
      December 17, 2018 at 8:14 am

      My Lexar card is corrupt. So one pays a premium for the card, when it's corrupt you pay again for the person who sold you the card to do what you you paid for in the first place.

  42. Garima
    May 27, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Hey there, I am using Lenovo A6000 and I want to buy a 32 GB memory card for my mobile phone.
    Can someone help me to decide which card should I buy?

    • Dibbendu Koley
      November 1, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      You can buy SanDisk ultra SDHC class 10, it's around 1k in Flipkart. It's reliable and working good. I have suggested the same card to two other friends they also found it good. I'm using this for 2 years now and it worked in my motoe2 as well as in my Lenovo K4 note. Hope it helps...

      • Kyem Ghosh
        December 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm

        I guess you have knowledge on lenovo. Does SDXC with exFAT supports Lenovo android devices??? I have recently bought the new K6 Power

        • Dibbendu Koley
          December 9, 2016 at 5:25 pm

          As far as I know mobile phone uses microSD cards. SDXC and SDHC are built for cameras. Yeah, mobile phone can run fat32 , exfat and NTFS file formats. If you are worried about it you can reformat any memory card in PCs. If you have any queries you can ask me personally ""

        • Dibbendu Koley
          December 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm

          sorry, only windows run NTFS file format fat32 is best for mobiles. If your K6 power don`t support exFAT you can simply reformat it in you computer.

      • Kyem Ghosh
        December 9, 2016 at 5:44 pm

        Yes I know how to format. But I specifically the exFAT support as I download a hell loads of torrents in my phone. FAT32 will not meet my requirements. NTFS is not working as I've tested with my ext hdd, but cannot format it now cz again I need to transfer back 1.9 TB files back. So I needed to know from someone who has already tasted it.. My 64GB SDXC is already on its way..

    • Dibbendu Koley
      November 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Buy SanDisk ultra SDHC class 10. It works very well. I'm using it in my Lenovo Vibe k4 note.

  43. Charles
    May 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for this informative article. However, I would like to know if a MicroSD card reader can read MicroSDHC cards or not.

  44. John P Dolden
    May 18, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Hi, I own a Samsung Galaxy J5 which has a capacity of 128 GB. I seem to be unable to buy a 128 GB SDHC card for this, as they all seem to be selling only SDXC at this capacity. Or does anybody know differently? I notice many sellers list these as SDHC, but on the picture you can clearly see SDXC, regards, John

    • ANDY
      May 18, 2016 at 11:39 pm

      SDHC=4gb-32gb SDXC=32gb or larger. It's just a technically name to indicate the capacity of the card and speed is totally different story. I'm sure they listed wrong.

  45. xaris2000
    May 4, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Really helpful thread.Thumbs up from Athens.

    • HughR
      June 4, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Agree, very helpful overview. I was copying over music to a 128gb card, and it crapped out near 8gb. I thought it was my old machine until this article. Cheers.

  46. krisko
    April 13, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I don't understand why do we need UHS cards for shooting 4k video? A typical 4k bit rate would be 30 mbps or not more than 4MBs fo which a class 4 SD card would be perfectly OK.
    Why do we need speeds of 30 or 48 or even 90 MBs ? Is this uncompressed bit rate ???

    • Naud
      May 2, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      4K uses about 6MB/s on my Samsung Galaxy S7. Professional video cameras would likely use much more than that. MicroSD cards with speeds of 80-90 MB/s aren't that expensive anyway.

  47. Paul Fowler
    March 17, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks for this very informative article. For some time I have been stymied by a number of micro SD cards I received as surplus from my daughters company. I was trying to format 32GB micro SDHC cards with a Micro SC adapter and all of them failed. Now I understand why and just purchased an SDHC adapter to see if it will solve this problem.

  48. john
    March 14, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Does anybody know which one is the perfect for the new galaxy s7 in order to shoot 4k videos?

    • Andy Betts
      March 14, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      I believe the bitrate of 4k video on the S7 isn't too high. It's 48Mbps, which is only 6MB per second. I'd probably go for something like a sandisk Extreme, which should do the job nicely, though you could get something slower if you're on a tight budget.

      • Sean
        July 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm

        The patriot lx series brand card sold on amazon and fulfilled only by amazon. Is what I only use in my S7.

  49. Mosi
    March 3, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Does anyone have recommendations for what has worked well for a Raspberry Pi?

  50. Vicente Olmos
    December 21, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    And if I use a SDXC card (exFat) in a camera and connect the camera via USB to a PC (Windows 7) having a NTFS drive, may I expect that the file transfers will work?

    Vicente Olmos, Madrid, Spain

  51. Anonymous
    October 26, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I've used SDXC cards with devices that only claimed support for upto 32GB SDHC twice now - a Samsung Galaxy S II and a 3rd gen Moto G. Naturally, the card had to be reformatted as FAT32 rather than the default exFAT, as neither supported the latter filesystem, but otherwise usage was trouble-free.

    • John
      January 13, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Yes, exFat will be readable and writeable both in linux (android) and windows.

  52. Anonymous
    October 25, 2015 at 6:11 am

    "Counterfeit cards are configured to report the capacity that is printed on the packaging, but actually contain far less. You won’t notice this until the card fills up unexpectedly quickly."

    Worse yet, the filesystem will "loopback," overwriting the files on the disk while still reporting the first files written (which have been lost).

    One eBayer bought a "pocket hard drive" which had a tiny USB drive inside, and two metal nuts to hold it in place.

  53. Anonymous
    October 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    HI Andy,
    Great article and very informative. Its true that sometimes we don't bother for the memory cards but its very important to buy a good branded and good quality of higher class of memory card to secure your memory and to faster data transfer. I must say very well written and personally i used 64GB [ ] which is really good so far and i am fully happy with that but in some cases few cheap Chinese memory card can't perform as it written. I had a very bad lesson with that kinds of cheap card and after that i am using the above memory card which i am using on my S4 and its almost a year now and i didn't face any issue.
    Finally i must say everybody should know the above facts before buying a memory card. Thank you Andy once again for your details information and examples.

    Zakir Hosen

  54. Anonymous
    October 24, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Very useful, however one thing that bothers me, is the 'HTC One M9' up to 128gb, which is not true; it supports to 2tb since launch, i'm using a 256gb card and it is working normally.

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Well, in the last section of the paragraph labeled size, what you said is kind of a moot point, because there is a vast amount free premium partitioning softwares out there, nowadays.

    • Nathan_G
      October 13, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      Indeed, that is a significant error in this article. The HTC One M9 does support up to 2 TB and has since launch. The author needs to fact check better. Though it's not too important in the scope/setting of this article except to the owners of a HTC One M9. Like us :)

      • Wumpus
        December 3, 2016 at 11:46 pm

        I have had an HTC One m9 since release, but no one, AFAIK can buy a 2TB card yet for it, because there are none available, and won't be for at least another year. It is *expected* to support it, but no one can say for sure that it will. Maybe 512GB will work (whenever it eventually comes out), but even that's not guaranteed. So, fact-checkers, just because the marketing people say something doesn't make it true. For example, many people voted for Pedro, but all their wildest dreams didn't come true. Fact checking has sadly been reduced to proficient googling without any corresponding skills in using common sense.

  55. Anonymous
    October 24, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Very useful and well written.

  56. Anonymous
    October 23, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Very informative. Thank you very much!