SanDisk Extreme IV Compact Flash Card I & II Reader / Writer, with FireWire 800/400 Connectivity on Windows and Mac Operating Systems.

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About SanDisk

• The Extreme IV FireWire (FW) Reader is a high performance reader, which provides you a complete digital system/solution for your photography needs. It offers the highest performance requirement: 40MB/sec* (+/- buffer) sequential read and write. It has one slot for CF (Type I and II). It supports FireWire 800/400 connectivity on both Windows and MAC Operating Systems. It plugs and plays with no external AC power. The Extreme IV FireWire (FW) Reader supports the Extreme IV CF (Type I and II) cards (all Capacities).

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Reliable (52),Lightweight (36),Excellent interface (30),Fast (23),Strong construction (21),Fast transfer (16),Easy to use (15),Durable dock (10),Large capacity / good size (5),Compact (4),Long cable (4),Rugged (3)
Cons:
Poor interface (5)
Best Uses:
Digital photography (37),Image transfer (16),Image transportation (15),Digital capture (13),Cameras (12),Image storage (12),Computers (6),Professional cameras (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (25),Professional (18),Tech savvy (11),Semi-professional (6),Multimedia professional (4),Tech professional (3)

SanDisk Features

  • Read and write performance of 40MB/sec* with ESP Technology
  • Extended temperature testing (-25 to 85 C)
  • Shock-vibration tested (RTV silicon)
  • Water resistance
  • Two extended FireWire cables
  • 3 Year limited warranty
  • Dedicated, priority technical support hotline for direct customers of SanDisk Extreme products
  • Supports ONLY 6 pin and 9 pin firewire ports.

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 75 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works perfectly on my Mac

I've used this SanDisk Extreme IV Compact Flash Card Firewire Reader on my MacBook Pro 2.53Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo(running 10.5.6) as well as on the first Intel MacBook Pro, PowerMac G5 and I have had not a single issue. I am using SanDisk ExtremeIV 16GB card and the shots recorded on this card is with Canon 5D Mark II. The RescuePro Software that comes on the CD that says MacOS 10.1+, will not work. I should say, you wont' be able to install it without getting a version compatible with Leopard...

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I've used this SanDisk Extreme IV Compact Flash Card Firewire Reader on my MacBook Pro 2.53Ghz, Intel Core 2 Duo(running 10.5.6) as well as on the first Intel MacBook Pro, PowerMac G5 and I have had not a single issue. I am using SanDisk ExtremeIV 16GB card and the shots recorded on this card is with Canon 5D Mark II. The RescuePro Software that comes on the CD that says MacOS 10.1+, will not work. I should say, you wont' be able to install it without getting a version compatible with Leopard (10.5 or higher). I believe it's because in Leopard, it uses a flat package installer and does not support the older installer. Just call SanDisk and then they will give you a phone number to call. Rescue Pro is actually made by a different company. This company will give you the version that works on Mac running Leopard or newer but you need a serial number to give them so don't throw away the CD envelope/sleeve as the S/N is on that. oh, this comes with two Firewire cables. One is 1394a-1394b, and 1394b-1394b. In short, if you own a mac, one of these cable should work for you. One is the firewire cable that you can connect

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Laptop Users Beware

DO NOT BUY this product if you are planning on using in in a laptop that has a 4 pin Firewire port only. I purchased this product and a 9 pin to 4 pin cable so that I could use it on my laptop. Per Sandisk the reader will not work with a 4 pin connection. [...]...I am sure the reader is fine if you use it on a desktop..

Reviewed by 75 customers

 
4.0

Great for transferring image files

By

from Pittsburgh, PA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I use this product to transfer image files from my camera to my computer without having to expose camera to the risk of damage from a computer malfunction. Because it is small and lightweight, I can easily carry it with me when I travel so I can share my photos with others. I have owned this product for 3 years and have had no issues with it.

 
2.0

Fast but unreliable at times

By

from Columbus, OH  -  Professional

We've been using SanDisk cards and readers for awhile but have been less than pleased with its performance. The reader sometimes does not recognize the cards when inserted and sometimes encounter errors when unmounting. Otherwise, the reader works fine and gets the job done but a little concern with data transfer and risking corruptions (we've had a few).

 
4.0

Pretty quick, but could be faster

By

from Oklahoma City, OK  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

It is pretty fast and I love the rubber pad on the bottom, but it doesn't have enough mass to stay in place. This is good for traveling, but a little annoying for desk use. Also, the Firewire 800 port is upside down. I haven't been able to find another Firewire CF reader though, so these tradeoffs are worth it.

 
5.0

Excellen tool

By

from Southern Illinois  -  Semi-Professional

Excellant tool for transfering digital images from a CF card to the computer. Fast and reliable.

 
5.0

I would buy this product again

By

from Kinston, NC  -  Professional

I use reader to transfer images from compact flash card to computer. The transfer is fast.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Reader

By

from Idaho Falls, ID  -  Professional

This is just a little faster at transferring than our camera, but it reads the files faster at first. It is nice to not have to use our camera to transfer pics to our computer. This is reliable and definitely nice to have.

 
5.0

Product is fast and well made.

By

from Wilmette, IL  -  Semi-Professional

Much better design than a firewire card reader made by other companies. There is little to mechanically go wrong. This is a very fast reliable product.

 
4.0

Nice kit

By

from Qld, Australia  -  Professional

Not as fast as I imagined but a nice reliable tool for transferring images.

 
5.0

Fast and Well Made

By

from Atlanta, GA  -  Semi-Professional

Worth the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Speed Demon.

By

from Glendale Hts, IL.  -  Semi-Professional

One of my first downloads was a card with 298 Jpeg's and 298 Raw files I had the camera set to capture both. I put the card in my old USB reader and after a while it showed it would take 3 hours for the download. Then I removed the card and inserted it into the San Disk Firewire reader and it show it would take 5 minutes to download those same images. I think about all that time I wasted waiting for the USB reader to download images. I'm just sorry I waited this long to get the San Disk Firewire reader. Dennis

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