Alternatively called a flash memory card, a memory card is a type of storage media that's used to store photos, videos, or other data in electronic devices. Devices that commonly use a memory card include digital cameras, digital camcorders, handheld computers, MP3 players, PDAs, cell phones, game consoles, and printers. The picture is a MicroSD flash memory card, which is one of the types of memory cards available.
Types of computer memory cards
There are a handful of different types of memory cards on the market, each varying in size, compatibility, and storage capacity. Links to more information on the most commonly used types of memory cards are listed below.
- CF (CompactFlash)
- Micro SDHC
- Mini SDHC
- MMC (MultiMediaCard)
- SD (Secure Digital) Card
- SDHC (secure digital high capacity) Card
- SmartMedia Card
- Sony Memory Stick
- xD-Picture Card
How much storage space does a memory card provide?
Memory cards can vary in the amount of storage space based on the type of memory card. However, in general, most memory cards today range in size from as small as 4 GB (gigabyte) up to as large as 128 GB. Older memory cards may be even smaller than 4 GB. You can purchase memory cards that are larger than 128 GB, but at astronomical costs.
How can I increase the size of a memory card?
The size of a memory card is fixed and cannot be increased. If your memory card is full, consider deleting some files stored on the memory card. Or, consider moving the files to a different storage device, or purchasing a memory card with more capacity and replace the memory card with the new card.