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Windows 7: Does an SD Card Reader need the Realtek 2.0 Card Reader Driver?

07 Sep 2014   #1

Windows 7 64 Bit
Does an SD Card Reader need the Realtek 2.0 Card Reader Driver?

Hello, I have a question about SD Card Readers. I have one where you insert the SD Card, and plug in a USB cable to connect it to the computer. Does the SD Card use a USB Root Hub to connect, or does it use the Realtek 2.0 Card Reader?

My real question is, if I had accidentally uninstalled my Realtek 2.0 Card Reader built into the computer, will an SD Card Reader connected by USB be able to read the SD Cards?

Also, is there a way I can prevent SD cards from being read through a reader on my computer without uninstalling a USB Hub Driver? Like specifically prevent new Drivers from being installed, or prevent new SD Cards from being recognized? Such as using a free downloadable tool that someone may know about.

I have tried going to Devices and Printers, right clicking on my PC, Device Installation Settings, then turning off automatic driver installs. After I do that, and plug in a new device, it still auto installs the drivers and can use it.

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11 Sep 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Disable the driver, through Device Manager.
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11 Sep 2014   #3

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there.

an SD card reader will probably use the USB interface and possibly its own software- a built in one is technically a USB one too but it will use its own driver so you shouldn't have any problem running both an INTERNAL and an EXTERNAL SD card reader - even concurrently.

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 Does an SD Card Reader need the Realtek 2.0 Card Reader Driver?

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