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    Compact Flash card

    So, I've finally decided to RMA my Transcend IDE Flash module and just go with the CF to IDE converter with a standard CF card.

    So, I was wondering, what are some good flash cards that work for you all? I know that it needs to support a certain format/mode, but I can't remember off the top of my head...

    Basically, I want/need this program to run my OS (nLite-d version of XP) and maybe a few applications.

    Thanks for any suggestions!

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    I had the same problem i also decided to move to a CF. Here is what i have.
    http://ec.transcendusa.com/product/I...ID=TS8GCF45I-D

    I got this one for 60 bucks on ebay great deal. If you look around you can find pretty deals on them. Transcend seems to make a pretty good product. These CF support diffrent modes also read up on the card on the web site real good info. Hope that hepls you out.

    Here is the adapter that i bought for the card also.
    http://www.addonics.com/products/fla.../adebidecf.asp
    These guys make a good product also.



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    Try to get one that supports UDMA and don't underestimate on the size requirements.

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    Thanks for the suggestion, slinky! I'm gonna look around and see if I can find a less-pricey version on ebay or something, or a slightly lower amount of memory. $260 for a CF card is a bit high...

    Did you really need 8GB? Or would something like 4 or 2 suffice?

    Also, does it need to be "fixed" or does it matter? I was reading something about that and wasn't sure...

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    Anyone have an opinion on this?

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    Looks pretty good. UDMA is a plus. Nice speeds on it. I couldn't find anything that lets you know what the max number or writes that the card can do. Most the time you will see like 10,000 writes or 1,000,000 writes. The higher the better. Windows is a write happy OS Read the link addonics site that shows you how to disable the write to disk function in windows. 4 gig is fine if you use xplite and shrink down your windows install then that will leave you room for the rest of your programs. I'm using the 8 gig becasue i got a good deal on it But from what i can see the PNY card looks ok i would do a little more looking around and see if you can get more info on it. Maybe someone here has used that card before. Let me know if you find anything out on it.

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    definitely go for an "industrial" card, which is one that can be configured as a fixed drive. This makes things a lot easier, like installing and working ACPI standby/hibernate. Search the OS optimization forums for my threads on EWF and the Hitachi fixed drive filter.

    WRT size: make an inventory of what you plan to run on the main OS drive. If you want GPS navigation then keep in mind that maps are typically very big, so you may need an 8GB drive.

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    Forgive the noob question, but is anyone running CF cards in a raid 0 set up? It seems like you could use two slower (cheaper) cards in this configuration and get a decent speed.

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    Raid on CF? What are you trying to achieve? Disaster recovery on a carpc?

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    I'm not sure if that PNY card will support fixed-disk mode or not... Will a flash card not boot if it can't support fixed disk mode? If it will, what are the advantages/disadvantages that make a flash card in fixed-disk mode "easier", as SFiorito put it?

    Thanks for all the help so far--I'm starting to narrow it down.

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