Not all Cards & Card Readers are created equal
A lot of people believe that the speed at which you transfer images from you camera to your computer cannot be any faster. Well, did you know that card readers come in all different sizes, prices and differ in transfer speeds? To speed up the transfer process, use only card readers labeled USB 2.0 as USB 1.0 readers will be much slower. Even within USB 2.0 readers there is a tremendous variance in transfer speeds. Some readers can be twice as fast. The card you are using and even your computer may make a big difference in transfer speed. If you are really looking to improve your transfer times, check out this wonderful resource I came across some time ago for checking out cards, readers and systems as far as transfer speed goes. Unfortunately, Rob Galbraith page has not been updated in a while but still provides plenty of information. Check it out here.