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Old 02-20-2005, 04:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CompactFlash instead of HDD - Possible?

What would be the limitations if I replace the HDD of a PC with a CompactFlash card and then install Windows from scratch like in any blank machine?

Times I can write each cell in the card?

This last, I presume, would be the first to be reached, right?

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Old 03-01-2005, 11:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Speed generally is 10 times slower then that of a regular HD. Some CF's are up to 3600rpm compared to the 7200 rpm desktops HD's. However due to various things such as cache size and function the HD's for desktop will be way faster. Now on the actual implementation side you couldn't install windows on the compact flash but you could use it as a storage drive.

One question. Why would you wanna do that?

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Old 03-01-2005, 11:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Haha i was thinking the same thing. Why would anyone want to do that. Not that its a stupid idea, just that compactflash cards usually aren't very big compared to a regular HD. Plus with HD's getting cheaper just buy a WD Raptor 10,000 rpm and it'll be as fast as you'd ever need an HD to be on a desktop.
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Old 03-02-2005, 06:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Sometimes it's good to ask why not?

By using CF cards in such a way, you could achieve a really compact/light PC.

But after rereading many things, found that the first limits would be:

the times you can write one of those cards

their capacity.

Thanks for replying.
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