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Old 06-10-2013, 12:57 AM   #1
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Just got a Nook STR Glowlight, and I am wanting to root it. Now, in reading around, I've seen a few people have had errors and issues when they used class 10 cards. What class or brand card is preferred?
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:34 PM   #2
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Sandisk cards are always the best. Unfortunately, there's a huge business in fakes that tries to take advantage of the Sandisk brand without the same level of quality. Make sure to get them in retail packaging, otherwise you're at risk for getting a fake (ex, *don't* get the Frustration-Free packaging on Amazon). I've had good luck getting real ones ordering retail packaged cards from Amazon. Deals sites, eBay, etc, will mostly have fakes.

Class 4 cards usually have the best small chunk read/write speeds, but I don't know if that makes a huge difference. The failure rates for Sandisk class 10 seems to be small, and I don't know that I've seen people complaining about class 6 cards.
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Is it possible to run the OS from the SD card like you can with the Nook tablets? Kinda nice to just remove the SD card and boot to a stock OS, incase of warranty stuff.
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Sandisk cards are always the best. Unfortunately, there's a huge business in fakes that tries to take advantage of the Sandisk brand without the same level of quality. Make sure to get them in retail packaging, otherwise you're at risk for getting a fake (ex, *don't* get the Frustration-Free packaging on Amazon). I've had good luck getting real ones ordering retail packaged cards from Amazon. Deals sites, eBay, etc, will mostly have fakes.

Class 4 cards usually have the best small chunk read/write speeds, but I don't know if that makes a huge difference. The failure rates for Sandisk class 10 seems to be small, and I don't know that I've seen people complaining about class 6 cards.
Thanks for the warning. I have an 8gb Sandisc card I bought from currys, it was £14.99, they want £24.99 for the 16gb. It works great, both in my Simple Touch and Nook HD. I saw what 'looked' like the same 16gb on Amazon for £9.99. I wonder if that's a fake. I'd rather pay the high street prices if fakes are a problem.
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Thanks for the warning. I have an 8gb Sandisc card I bought from currys, it was £14.99, they want £24.99 for the 16gb. It works great, both in my Simple Touch and Nook HD. I saw what 'looked' like the same 16gb on Amazon for £9.99. I wonder if that's a fake. I'd rather pay the high street prices if fakes are a problem.

If it's listed as being sold by SanDisk+Amazon, and you have the option of getting retail packaging, it was probably legit. Amazon is an official Sandisk retail partner ( or was last time I checked). If it was being sold by some other retailer through Amazon, or there wasn't an option to get retail packaging, you have good odds of getting a fake or a lower-quality card. The trick is to avoid purchasing from anyone who isn't an official Sandisk partner, and to avoid purchasing cards that have been taken out of Sandisk retail packaging. I've often wondered if Sandisk doesn't do a lot of the 'piracy' themselves, by dumping their borderline cards on non-partners without packaging, so they can protect their reputation for their retail cards.

I just wait until there's a Sandisk sale Daily Deals sale on Amazon (they happen every few months) and then buy any cards I think I'll need. I'm in the US though so I don't know if amazon.co.uk has the same deals.

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Is it possible to run the OS from the SD card like you can with the Nook tablets? Kinda nice to just remove the SD card and boot to a stock OS, incase of warranty stuff.
I don't think so, because so far I don't know of anyone who's gotten Android to run on the NST. I've only heard about people rooting it. I know over in the XDA forums someone started trying to do a build of Android 2.3 for the NST, but they kept bricking theirs and might have given up. I think the only options right now are stock or rooted stock.

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I've got a Nook HD+, not a touch, but the 32 GB class 10 Sandisk microSD card I just bought at Costco here in the states ($25) works fine.
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For running ROM off an SD card, it made a huge difference. I had a lot of force-closes and crashes with class 10 and some class 6 cards, but class 4 works flawlessly. Sandisk class 4 is best.

See http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1005633 for discussion of comparative performance of SD cards of different classes and vendors.
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