Addonics CompactFlash Adapters Replace Notebook Hard Drives


Now here's a great idea from Addonics: replace a laptop's 2.5" hard disk with flash memory, using a $30 adapter that lets you boot from CompactFlash cards. Suddenly you've converted that lappy into a solid-state notebook without spending an arm and a leg. That's what Addonics has done with its CompactFlash Hard Drive Adapters for notebooks, available in both SATA and IDE flavors and accommodating either single or dual CompactFlash cards.

So let's say you get yourself a couple of 12GB CompactFlash cards—that would cost you about $260, and they're capable of read and write speeds of about 9MB per second. Not the fastest drives in the world, but still serviceable. For under $300, you have yourself a solid-state laptop. But 24GB isn't going to be enough storage space, is it?

We've heard talk of Samsung cranking out 64GB CompactFlash cards before too long, though they won't cost any $130, that's for sure. Anyway, if you don't need that much storage space, low-priced solid-state notebook conversions just got a whole lot easier.

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Gelsrud: I disagree. My main work computer (which I also use to browse, watch dvds, and chat) is running off of a 1gb dom (a flash drive that plugs into the ide port). It's enough storage space for everything I need (the main thing I need for work is TeX), and with it and a fanless mini-itx mobo, I have a work computer that makes no noise. It's pretty sweet.

There are lots of things that require more than the storage you can get with flash, of course. But if you're not storing massive amounts of information (or if you just have somewhere else to store things, a usb drive or some offsite storage or whatever), you can make do with very little storage. 1gb is pushing it for most systems, but 2gb or 4gb is almost certainly more than enough.