Before operating the unit, please read this document
thoroughly, and retain it for future reference.
© 2009 Sony Corporation
Printed in China
Keep the unit away from children. If any part of the
unit is swallowed, promptly see a doctor.
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the cabinet.
Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the
limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try
to correct the interference by one or more of the following
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not
expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
If you have any questions about this product, you may call the
telephone number listed in "Technical Support." The telephone
number below is not for customer service but only for official
Declaration of Conformity
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation
is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
NOTICE TO USERS
All rights reserved. This manual described herein, in whole or in
part, may not be reproduced or translated to any machine-
readable form without prior written approval from Sony
IN NO EVENT SHALL SONY CORPORATION BE LIABLE
FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL
DAMAGES, WHETHER BASED ON TORT, CONTRACT, OR
OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH
THIS MANUAL, THE DEVICE DRIVERS OR OTHER
INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN OR THE USE
Sony Corporation reserves the right to make any modification to
this manual or the information contained herein at any time
SONY CORPORATION IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY
DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF ANY PROGRAMS, DATA, OR
OTHER INFORMATION STORED ON ANY MEDIA.
Copyright law prohibits unauthorized use of any recorded
audio/video for any other purpose than personal enjoyment.
Please be warned that the "Memory Stick" containing images
and data protected by copyright shall be strictly used within
, "Memory Stick," "Memory Stick Duo," "Memory
Stick PRO Duo," "Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo," "Memory
Stick Micro," "M2," and "MagicGate" are registered
trademarks or trademarks of Sony.
, and the Windows logo are trademarks
or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the
United States of America and/or other countries.
and Mac OS
are registered trademarks of Apple,
Inc. in the United States of America and/or other countries.
• Other system names, product names, and company names
appearing in this manual are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders, even though not
indicated by the ® or ™ marks.
The MRW-FC1 (hereafter referred to as the "reader/writer") has
the following features:
s Quick and simple data transfer - easily transfer images from
mobile phone to PC
s Quick to Connect - Hot-pluggable USB-powered design
s Compatible with "Memory Stick Micro" ("M2"), microSD
Card, and microSDHC Card.
The reader/writer requires the following minimum system
– Windows Vista
– Mac OS
This product works with the standard Windows drivers.
The reader/writer supports the following media:
• "Memory Stick Micro" ("M2")
• microSD Card
• microSDHC Card
4-bit parallel data transfer is supported. It, however, varies depending
on each medium and how long it takes to read/write data.
"M2" is an abbreviation of "Memory Stick Micro". In this document,
hereinafter, the abbreviation "M2" is used.
• In this manual, all types of media listed in "Supported Media"
are generically called memory cards.
• Not all memory cards are guaranteed to work. Operation is
not assured if non-supported memory cards are used.
• "MagicGate" is the general name of a copyright protection
technology developed by Sony.
• Recording or playback of the data that uses "MagicGate"
technology is not supported. MagicGate is copyright
protection that uses encryption technology. Data recording/
playback by using MagicGate technology such as music that
requires copyright protection is only compatible with
MagicGate supported equipment.
• The capacity of a file to be recorded/played back is smaller
than 4GB per file according to the specifications of the system
incorporated in "Memory Stick" media.
• Although operation check of this product has been performed
with up to 8 GB "Memory Stick," please note that the
operation is not guaranteed for every type of "Memory Stick."
• The "Memory Stick Micro" ("M2"), microSD Card, and
microSDHC Card all use the same slot, so you cannot use
them at the same time.
• Only DOS format is supported. Memory cards in other
formats are not supported.
About "Memory Stick" media
What is "Memory Stick"?
"Memory Stick" is a compact-size IC recording medium with a
large storage capacity. It has been designed not only for
exchanging/sharing digital data among "Memory Stick"
compliant products, but also for serving as an insertable/
removable external storage medium that can save data.
Notes on "Memory Stick"
On formatting (initialization)
• If you format a medium in which data has been already
written, all the data and software will be erased. Please be
cautious not to mistakenly erase any important data.
• Please make sure to format (initialize) a medium with the
formatter of a "Memory Stick" compliant product. If it is
initialized with Windows Explorer, a FORMAT ERROR
occurs, and data on the medium can no longer be used by this
About the size of "Memory Stick"
• Standard-size "Memory Stick" and "Memory Stick Duo"
media cannot be used on this product.
• When you use "Memory Stick Micro" media on this product,
please make sure to insert the media in the right direction.
• "Memory Stcik Micro" media should be kept away from small
children to prevent them from accidentally swallowing it.
Do not format (initialize) memory cards with a computer. If you
format a memory card with a computer, devices such as mobile
phones may not be able to use it due to differences in format
type (FAT size, cluster size, hard disk type, or super floppy disk
type). If you use a digital camera, format memory cards with
your camera, instead.
Restrictions on DOS mode
In Windows, the reader/writer does not operate in DOS mode.
To use the reader/writer, start up Windows.
The reader/writer supports standby functions based on the
PC2000 standard, which may not cover the standby function of
all computers. Disable the standby function of your computer if
it causes any problems. While the computer is in standby, do not
insert or remove any media.
Do not attempt to dismantle, repair, or alter the
Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to dismantle, repair,
or alter the reader/writer yourself. You may not only
permanently damage the reader/writer and/or your computer,
but may also cause fire or personal injury through electrical
Operating and storage environments
• Do not place the reader/writer close to heat sources or in
direct sunlight; in dusty, dirty, or humid locations; under
precipitation such as rain; or leave it in a hot vehicle with the
• If the reader/writer interferes with the reception of radio or
television signals, move the reader/writer away from the
radio or television.
• When using the reader/writer, do not wrap it in cloth, sheets,
or covers as this may cause a malfunction or fire.
XP (Service Pack 2 or later)
2000 Professional (Service Pack 4 or later)
X 10.2 or later
USB transfer rate
Full-speed (Up to 12 Mbps)
High-speed (Up to 480 Mbps)
This high-speed transfer rate is a theoretical value for the USB
Actual performance is dependent on the device.
4.75 to 5.25 V DC
Max. 500 mA
Lit during the memory card insertion.
Blinks on access.
Temperature: 5 °C to 40 °C (41 °F to 104 °F)
Humidity: 30% to 80% RH
Temperature: –30 °C to + 60 °C (–22 °F to +140 °F)
Humidity: No condensation
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 19.7 × 9.7 × 44 mm
inches) (excluding protrusions)
Approx. 8 g (0.28 oz.) (TYP)
When you unpack the box, make sure that it contains all the
accessories listed below.
If anything is missing or damaged, contact your retailer.
• MRW-FC1 Multi-Card Reader/Writer
• Operating Instructions
• Warranty Card
Parts and Functions
2 USB connector
Connect to a computer.
3 Memory Card slot
Insert memory cards here. This slot is compatible with
"Memory Stick Micro" ("M2"), microSD Card, and
Using the Reader/Writer
Inserting a Memory Card
Insert a memory card into the slot on the reader/writer.
When inserting a card, push it in as far as it can go.
To insert a "Memory Stick Micro"
("M2") media card
To insert a microSD Card / microSDHC
• Insert only one memory card into the slot. Do not insert
multiple cards at the same time.
• Do not insert a card upside down.
• Forcibly inserting the card may damage the card and the slot.
• If a memory card is inserted incorrectly, you may not be able
to remove it. In the unlikely event that a memory card
becomes stuck in the reader/writer, consult your local Sony