Micro SD Cards for the Hero

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Merckle

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Was wondering a few questions about upgrading my memory card.
I was looking at getting a 16gb Sandisk Class 2 = $30 ish

Anyone know of any higher or cheaper prices?

Whats the highest class the hero can hold?

I plan on upgrading to the EVO, I know it holds 32gb but which class would be better?
 
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Lessthantito

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Unless you want to pay more for your MicroSD than for your phone I would just stick with the 16GB, the 32 costs $200. as for the class most people use a class 6 card I think there may be some higher speed classes but that would also incur higher costs.
 

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class 2
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mercado79

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Been using a class 2 16gb card for a few months now and I can't say I mind the speed at all. The price was right (around $25 at Amazon on sale) and it hasn't given me any problems. The only time I really notice the speed is when loading up my music collection. Other than that...I can't complain.

However, I don't run Apps2sd. If you're planning to do that, you might want to pay extra and go for a higher speed card.
 

danknee

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From Amazon I got a Transcend class 6 8gb card for $21.

I have had serious issues with Hong Kong generic cards (said Sony..but were fake) in the past, so buyer beware. Specifically I had two high capacity memory sticks completely fail within one month of purchase for my modded PSP. I was running Dark Alex's custom firmware and swapping a ton of games on and off the card as well as streaming games over wifi. Under the same conditions my name brand high capacity cards have been working flawlessly for over a year now.
 

bk718

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just wait for the release of the 2TB microSDXC.. :D

nah, but seriously.. i would recommend a class 6.. i have a 8GB class 6 Sandisk and a friend of mine HAD* a 8GB class 2 Sandisk, both of us running apps2sd.. and you can really see the difference in performance.. (needless to say, he upgraded to a class 6)
 

iviyth0s

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You definitely need a Class 6 card to use A2SD effectively. Otherwise your phone will be choppy or laggy.
Not true, if you have a good class 2 you're fine. I run A2SD and have a Class 2 that doesn't lag any more than before I did A2SD.

I've gotten 7+MB/s when transfering something off of it in disk drive mode
 

energizer1389

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Not true, if you have a good class 2 you're fine. I run A2SD and have a Class 2 that doesn't lag any more than before I did A2SD.

I've gotten 7+MB/s when transfering something off of it in disk drive mode

Some class 2 and class 4 cards are capable of performing at class 6 type speeds. You can call your self lucky. I got class 4 and my phone will never function as fast with a2sd as it does without. It will work fine if you dont have the Dalvik cache in your sd. But if you want everything to the sd card it will be choppy. Class 6 speeds are faster (in paper) than internal memory of the Hero. People have reported better performance with a2sd using a class 6 card than internal memory.

You should also try a 2.1 custom rom if you have not done so.
 

jonnythan

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The class refers to minimum write speed, not read. Most Class 2 cards have read speeds rivaling or equaling those of Class 6 cards.
 

energizer1389

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Ah gotcha :)
Yeah the write speeds aren't terrible but they're a little lower (like 4-5MB/s)

Im starting to get worried. I just got my transcend class 6 8gb micro sd. Im copying the data from a folder in my laptop to the card via a Pro Gear card reader. I have not seen the speed pass the 3.87 MB/second mark. I hope its the sd adapter and the reader and not the card.

Should I be worried??
 

jonnythan

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Im starting to get worried. I just got my transcend class 6 8gb micro sd. Im copying the data from a folder in my laptop to the card via a Pro Gear card reader. I have not seen the speed pass the 3.87 MB/second mark. I hope its the sd adapter and the reader and not the card.

Should I be worried??

No. The write speed is measured as total throughput in ideal conditions on an new, empty, formatted card.

~ 4 MB/s as read by Windows isn't anything to really be worried about.
 
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