Using the micro-SD card

Peter Rasmussen plr at
Wed Aug 22 22:37:50 CEST 2007

Brian Schrock wrote:
>> However, I am still wondering if it isn't possible to use the Neo1973 as
>> a card-reader/writer from my desktop PC (running Slackware), as I would
>> really prefer not to have to every time I have a new image, move the SD
>> card from the Neo to the PC and back. Such an excersize *will*
>> eventually ruin the SD card holder in the Neo.
> Well you could do this...
> easy)
>  Just use ssh to browse the card. This is how I do it, plus Konqueror
> actually has a mode where all I need to do is
> fish://username@phone:/media/card and I can browse and manipulate it
> all day till my hearts content.
I don't use Konqueror, but now I know about the option.
> hard)
>  Use network block device so you can actually mount the SD card from
> over the network and manipulate the card like it was directly
> attached. Not sure why you would want to do this, but you can. You
> would  have to make sure the nbd driver is on the phone, but it should
> work exactly as you were requesting.
Thank you for this, I'll look into it as that looks like what I was 
looking for.
>> Then, does it also mean that I have to format the SD card to ext2 in an
>> external to the Neo, card reader/writer?
>> Or is it possible to use the default vfat file system on the card?
> I have not formatted any of my cards yet, not sure what the card was
> that came with the neo (I never looked), but the my new 2GB card is
> vfat and maybe that is why I am having problems with mine...
Normally, SD cards come pre-formatted with a FAT16 file system, setting 
the upper limit to 2GB.
>> Just out of curiosity, what issues have you seen with a 2GB card? I
>> suppose that so far, only SD is supported, and not SDHC?
> I am not sure what SDHC is (And too lazy right now to look it up) but
> my card was a standard cheapo kingston 2GB micro SD card from
> Microcenter (like $40). I stuck it in and tried to copy a 300+MB file
> and it failed part of the way through. I have not looked into why yet,
> but I will soon.
SDHC is the next generation of the SD standard, and it allows cards 
larger than 4GB, which is the limit of the old SD standard.
Also, FAT32 is the default file system it comes with and that also 
breaks the previous 2GB limit.

Kingston products are OK in my experience, and cheap prices on SD cards 
are usually just because of very low speeds.


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