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Transcend Develops SD Card with CD-ROM-Like Partition

Last week Transcend launched a set of SD and microSD memory cards that record data in a CD-ROM style partition. This prevents accidental or unauthorized copy, modification and deletion of the stored contents. The only catch is that the data needs to be sent to Transcend first so that it's pre-loaded at the point of manufacture. There's also no way to write new data to the "locked" portion of the cards.

"Exclusive ideas, creations, and artistic work are priceless assets, and essential to future business success," the company said. "Including such materials in marketing campaigns requires an effective data management strategy to not only allow users to view the given content but also avoid possible duplication. As a result, Copy Protection SD/microSD memory cards guarantee protection of important media by storing audio and video files in a read-only partition, in a manner similar to a CD."

According to Transcend, there are two versions of its copy protection solution: locking the entire card to prevent any kind of data manipulation (aka a closed CD), or a partially protected version that allows for space to modify and delete files in addition to the "locked" area. This is ideal for situations like brainstorming new ideas based on specific assets that cannot be copied, deleted or modified.

Still, closing the entire card seems to be the best scenario, preventing the spread of malware while sharing sensitive material to clients. "The inability to write new data offers an extra level of security against a loaded virus, which may destroy files and spread infection to other computers," the company said. "For ease of use, Transcend’s Copy Protection SD/microSD cards have been comprehensively tested for compatibility with most platforms, regardless of the host device software and hardware settings."

Will this be the future of commercial software? This secure format could easily replace the optical version, providing between 2 GB to 64 GB of storage space for the SD form factor and between 2 GB and 16 GB for the microSD form factor. By contrast, a Blu-ray Disc provides 25 GB on a single layer whereas a BDXL disc provides either 100 GB or 120 GB, depending on the disc's file system.

Transcend's Copy Protection SD/microSD cards are backed by the company's limited lifetime warranty. For more information, head here.

  • dgingeri
    This sounds great for console games.
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  • fandroid
    "There's also no way to write new data to the "locked" portion of the cards."

    Hackers of the world respond "Challenge... wait for it.... accepted!"
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  • southernshark
    Great console games can go back to the cartridge. I actually cartridges a lot better than disks. Cartridges are a lot harder to break. This is a good thing. And it is about freaking time!!!

    Its time for the spinning disk to die!!!
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  • maximus81
    They will never move away from disks and go to SD cards for games. Costs to much.
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  • fandroid"There's also no way to write new data to the "locked" portion of the cards."Hackers of the world respond "Challenge... wait for it.... accepted!"
    My Motorola Droid Bionic is set up in this fashion. It has a cd-rom partition in its memory that contains the installation files for the moto helper software / driver.

    I think this is the best implementation of such a thing. A device that contains its own driver ready for installation to get it up and running, and the alternative being like we have always done, search the net for the latest version. So its one of those things, its convenient for some, pointless for others.
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  • alidan
    i just don't understand the point of this.

    we have a tab that we can move on sd cards, and we can modify the data if we need, i just cant see a use for this, especially if we need to send it back.
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  • phasmantis
    maximus81They will never move away from disks and go to SD cards for games. Costs to much.For now... but, this opens up a window of possibilities for every industry. Saves money on expensive blu-ray players for next generation consoles...

    If the demand is higher, the cost will drop. This could be the new way to get movies and games.
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  • applegetsmelaid
    Hmmm. SD cards don't seem like a reliable way to store important data permanently. They are much more fragile than optical media. I would rather store my data on a BD-RE. Optical discs are water resistant and require a greater deal of force to physically damage than and SD card. I've seen SD cards fall apart just under normal usage circumstances; I have standard CD-R media that has withstood a great deal of abuse and they still work after a decade.
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  • digitalzom-b
    applegetsmelaidHmmm. SD cards don't seem like a reliable way to store important data permanently. They are much more fragile than optical media. I would rather store my data on a BD-RE. Optical discs are water resistant and require a greater deal of force to physically damage than and SD card. I've seen SD cards fall apart just under normal usage circumstances; I have standard CD-R media that has withstood a great deal of abuse and they still work after a decade.
    True, this may be the only reason to stick to the more physical media.
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  • KelvinTy
    That is some expensive a** read-only SDXC card... Seriously, if it's readable, someone would be able to duplicate it. It might now be now, but it will eventually happen.
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