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    Lightbulb USING an SD card for a Hard Drive

    I am considering removing my hard drive and simply replacing it with an SD card. the reason being is it will be much easier for me to update and make back ups of. Ebay has a lot of adapters for such uses and I am curious to how reliable they are and if this is a practical idea.
    Will it slow down my computer alot?
    Is it a stable solution?
    Will they last longer than a hard drive?
    Has anyone done this before?
    THANK FOR YOU HELP
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    Any reason you want to use SD instead of CF?

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    Most SD cards are slower than a desktop hard drive (probably more like a slow laptop hard drive), and the really really cheap SD cards won't last as long as a hard drive either. Some people think that because they have no moving parts, they should last forever, but this isn't true.

    If you really want to go ahead with this, I would do some research and buy the fastest card you can. Chances are it will also be the most reliable, and the most expensive. Don't cheap out here or you will not be a happy camper. A good SD card shouldn't cause stability problems either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokki View Post
    Any reason you want to use SD instead of CF?
    SD cards are more readily available and are a lot more popular. Plus I dont really see an advantage with CF over SD. SD also has no moving parts, I believe CF does. No moving parts more than likely means beter stability especially in cold climates.
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    SD and CF are both flash drives (except MicroDrives). The advantage of CF is you can buy industrial drives which are meant to be used in "embedded" devices such as CarPCs. I would be careful with cheap eBay adapters since they may cause compatibility issues. Search the OS forums for more info on running XP off a flash drive.

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    SD cards are more readily available and are a lot more popular. Plus I dont really see an advantage with CF over SD.
    The benefit of compact flash is the pins can be made to directly match that of IDE, thus no processing is required when connecting a CF card to a PC.

    That and you can get CF cards that do 40mb/sec at reasonable prices.

    The followign site is a good place to start for solid state drive speeds:
    http://www.hjreggel.net/cardspeed/speed-cards.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokki View Post
    The benefit of compact flash is the pins can be made to directly Blah Blah Blah....

    The followign site is a good place to start for solid state drive speeds:
    http://www.hjreggel.net/cardspeed/speed-cards.html
    Thanks for the info, this is what I was hoping to get. I think I will go with the CF card instead. Makes more sense.
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    Using a camera card as a ssd

    Hi I am on line while typing this message using a 16gb TopRam SD card. I have tryed other type of cards but only TopRam work so don't buy any other type. I have tryed others and they won't work.

    I have tried both CF and SD and both work very well Be cafule what type of adaptor you purchase because some don't work. If you would like to know which ones I use email me back.

    I am using Fedora OS with this card it's a FREE OS and works well. Tryed installing windows XP on a 32gb card but doesen't work very well. If you want to goto 64gb you can get a SSD for under $200.00 that will work with windows XP or Windows 7.

    Rick

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