Transcend Planning to Manufacture Copy Protected SD and microSD Cards


Copy protection and data encryption are standard in most storage media, but you don’t often hear of copy protection as it pertains to memory cards. Although all SD cards come with a form of DRM copy protection (CPRM), it’s rarely used; and something as common as re-formatting the memory card can erase protected sections that are required to make use of the copy protection in the first place.

Other copy-protected memory card options are marketed to/used mainly by companies, and not typical consumers. Seeing this market as an opportunity, Transcend Information recently announced plans to manufacture its own copy-protected SD and microSD cards and a corresponding reader.

Given the sensitive, copyrighted nature of the data photographers in particular keep on memory cards, this should come as good news.

Some of the key features of Transcend’s new cards will include: the ability to set partially-protected and partially-free areas, read-only CD emulation, customized device security, and high capacity (although the release doesn’t go into size specifics). The catch is that Transcend’s copy-protected cards will only be fully accessible using a special USB 3.0 reader that will act as a key.

So far the plans are just that, with nothing in way of release dates and prices mentioned in the press release. But expect other memory manufacturers to begin marketing copy-protected cards to consumers if Transcend sees sufficient interest in these cards.

(via The Digital Picture)

  • Alex Szecsi

    OK! So i need to keep in a safe place the card reader!And if its gone,i never read my pictures.
    Thats nice…….

  • James Ogilvie

    Seems like a solution to a pretty rare problem. I don’t lose memory cards. When I do a shoot, I am very careful about securing them. I’m sure most people are pretty careful about this, and those who aren’t probably aren’t doing very critical work anyways. Anything that forces me to require a specific card reader is not really something I’d be interested in. Would hate to have my SD slot on my Macbook Air suddenly become useless. I’d pass on this.

  • Anthony DeLorenzo

    Agreed. It seems like you are balancing the unlikely scenario that someone accesses your card with bad intentions against the almost certainty that at some point you will lose the damn reader and not be able to download images when you really need them.

  • Guest

    DRM is evil

  • Mansgame

    Why? SD cards are not a long term solution. after each shoot, copy them on your hard drive.

  • prakash h adnur

    Hullo friends
    Can you let me know the price for these new cards. It is going to be quite useful for the educational material I am preparing.