Acer Aspire One Ignores Write-Protection of SD Cards?

If you think your write-protected SD card is safe from the Acer Aspire One, think again.

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People usually write-protect their SD cards before they insert them into other computers, because they don't want their cards to get erased, written over, or infected with some spyware or virus. Normally, simply moving that white rectangular slider on the left side of Transcend SD cards, for example, will prevent other computers (such as those in the photo shops) from writing on your disk/card.

The Acer Aspire One netbook (at least the one I tested), however, will still happily write to your SD card (even if you locked it with the write-protection tab).

If you plan to insert any such cards into an Aspire One, it would be better to use a backup disk. Afterall, since some netbooks run on Windows XP, there's always the possibility of getting some kind of virus.

I'm quite disappointed that in this case, the write-protection is ignored. I kind of miss those old 1.44" floppy disks whose write-protect feature isn't that easy to ignore. Anyway, you win some, you lose some.

The nice thing about the SD slot of the left side of the Acer Aspire One (if you're facing the screen), though, is that the SD card inserted there automatically increases the memory of your netbook. The slot on the right side is your regular SD/MMC card reader which does not increase the memory of the Aspire One.

[ First posted on 09/05/2008 by Manuel Viloria ]

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