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How I solved one of my biggest Raspberry Pi headaches

This cheap accessory has saved me a lot of hassles with my Raspberry Pi projects.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributing Writer
Hand holding microSD extension cable for the Raspberry Pi

MicroSD extension cable for the Raspberry Pi.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET

The Raspberry Pi continues to be one of my favorite gadgets. There's something so versatile about a small, self-contained computer that fits onto a single board.

I keep being amazed by what they can do. 

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Yes, I know that Raspberry Pis are hard to come by at the moment ("unprecedented times, supply chain issues, COVID-19," I've heard all the excuses), so if you see one going cheap, grab it. 

Hopefully, the supply will increase to satisfy the demand in 2023. If you're looking for one, the best advice I have is to keep looking -- I grabbed a few 4GB and 8GB boards the other day for the retail price (not the normal x2 or x3 the price).

Also: Raspberry Pi: Where to buy the hard-to-find latest model

But one of the big features of the Raspberry Pi can also cause problems. I'm referring to its minuscule size.

I've lost count of the number of times that I've built something with a Raspberry Pi (or some other small single-board computer like the Adafruit Feather) only to then not be able to get easy access to the microSD card slot where fingers are big and the microSD card is, well, very micro.

It's annoying to say the least.

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But there's a solution -- a microSD card extender cable

It's a simple solution -- a ribbon cable with a microSD card socket on one end and a microSD card connector on the other.

Also: The 5 best Raspberry Pi alternatives

Pop the connector into the card slot on the Raspberry Pi, and the card the other end.

Job done.

And if you find that at the end of building your project that you can access the microSD card slot without hassle, you can remove it.

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These are so useful -- and cheap -- that I keep a few in stock now for projects. 

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