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Making a SSD from CF cards..

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by matt.choules, Nov 3, 2007.

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  1. matt.choules

    matt.choules Thread Starter

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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?

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    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?

    [​IMG]


    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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