Making a SSD from CF cards..

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matt.choules

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Hi everyone,

Just had a quick question I've been looking around the place trying to cost up a Solid State Disk (SSD), and they are stll way out of my price range.

But interestingly i have found a alternatives (that you may have already heard bout) that i would like to ask for opinons on...

First is the CF-to-SATA drive found here:
http://www.addonics.com/products/flash_memory_reader/adsacf.asp

I have heard of people using CF cards in the past to boot their OS, but with mixed reviews.
Many say that that CF cards are not designed for constant Read/Write operations and will fail in less than a year - this makes we worry about using one an OS disk.
Also, would the user need to buy the fastest CF card possible to get a decent read or write speed from it?



Second is the Multiple CF-to-PCI card found here:
http://www.addonics.com/products/flash_memory_reader/ad4cfprj.asp

This is interesting to me in the same way, but with the prior concerns and also, HOW does it work as a hard drive?? I mean, i see no mention of IDE or SATA...
Can HDD's be utilised via PCI?
Also, I know that using HDD's in raid (not sure what mode) will give much faster access times... Would it be possible to do that with one of these?




My ultimate aim was to have a SSD for my OS, but failing that a SSD as a scratch disk for video, photoshop and 3DsMax rendering.
What say you, good idea or bad?
 
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