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Toshiba SD Card Resembles CD But Not In A Good Way

David Gilbert


Toshiba SD Card Resembles CD But Not In A Good Way

Remember how frustrating it was when you burned a CD only to find you saved the wrong file and the disc was now completely useless. Dozens of the shiny discs would clog up your desk never to be used again – well now it seems as if SD cards could become just as frustrating.

In much the same fashion as non-rewriteable CDs could only be used once, Toshiba’s new Write Once 1GB SD card offers the not-very-practical feature of being only able to save data once, and never again. The idea behind this card is that the data will be tamper proof and will never be able to be written over by malicious data thieves. Of course not too many people store very sensitive data on SD cards anyway so whether or not this ‘innovation’ will appeal to many people is debatable.

Toshiba claims the cards are needed by people who, for example, take pictures which will be needed for legal actions, so lawyers and policemen it seems will be first in line to snap up these cards. Other than this reason though, we are struggling to find a reason for the card but we’re sure Toshiba will have identified many potential customers for its locked down system. We can only hope that other portable storage media don’t go the same way and that promotional USB thumb drives in the future won’t be locked down to the pointless promotional drivel they are pre-loaded with.

The cards are available now in Japan and police forces and lawyers around the world will be keeping their eyes peeled for availability in other parts of the globe.

Source: CrunchGear


April 28, 2011, 9:28 pm

I think you guys miss the point of these cards. They are actually more difficult to produce than you make think. Toshiba is filling a gap in the market not trying to convert it in any way.


April 29, 2011, 12:09 am

if it write once, then why does it have a lock switch?

I guess they could use them to sell lossless music in shops, a little like a CD, it could have the album in 2 formats, one lossless and then a copy in 320kbs mp3 for compatibility, many devices have SD cards in them (car stereos, hi-fis, computers) it's certainly possible.

other than that I dont know what they could be used for, and even then you can just use a online music shop like amazon mp3, if online retailers upgraded to a lossless format.

Chris Hamer

April 29, 2011, 5:24 am

I reckon they could be used for selling software on. So instead of Games etc on DVD's they could be on these. Especially software for ultra portables as these mostly dont have a CD drive.


April 29, 2011, 4:19 pm

I'm pretty sure these things are mostly designed for legal / law enforcement reasons, such as photographing crime scenes and other evidence gathering purposes. Proving that the information has not been altered after-the-fact is crucial under these circumstances.

Mind you, I'm sure there will be other people out there who can come up with a use for these.

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