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On my digital camera I noticed a performance decrease when I used a larger card; will this happen with the Raspberry Pi too?

What's the maximum sized SD card it can handle?

I see there is comprehensive list available from this question.

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On your digital camera: were you using the same class/speed rating of card? There are more factors than just capacity that could affect performance, and effect a slow-down. – lindes Oct 28 '13 at 18:53

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See this link for a list of compatible cards: The higher speeds are not necessarily a guarantee of performance. The problem observed at the moment is the support for the higher speeds required by the higher class SD cards, so there have been issues reported.

This is a driver issue, and hopefully it should be fixed soon. My advice is to check the list before deciding on what to buy.

Updated link:

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Performance shouldn't decrease with larger cards (I'd say the same of your camera, perhaps it's more an issue with too many files/directories - some devices don't handle that well).

The Raspberry Pi supports SDHC cards, which can have capacities up to 32GB.

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Speed rating of card also matters... I've compared cards of the same capacity, but different speed ratings, in my digital camera, and found that it definitely does make a difference. – lindes Oct 28 '13 at 18:54
Update as of Sept 2014: SDXC cards are supported and cards up to at least 128GB have been used by the community – dube Nov 11 '14 at 15:04

This won't really happen on the pi unless you put loads of stuff on there.

SD cards come in 5 speed classes

Class 2

Class 4

Class 8

Class 10

And UHS-1.

I think you will need a class 4 SDHC at minimum and a 64GB UHS-1 SDHC at the maximum, as SDHC is the only type the pi supports I think. Feel free to try on SDXC cards.

SD cards also come in storage types.

SD: 512MB to 4GB

SDHC: 4GB to 32GB << recommended

SDXC: 32GB to 2TB

So at the end of this, no it will not.

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