Build your own Compact Flash hard drive

April 5th, 2007

By using a Compact Flash to Mini IDE adaptor, such as this one from Addonics, it's possible to build your own solid state hard drive.


This family of unique CF-IDE Hard Drive Adapters is designed to enable one or two Compact Flash (CFI/II) media to be used as direct replacement for the 2.5" IDE hard drive. As a result, any equipment, such as Notebook computer, that uses a 2.5" IDE hard drive can be easily converted to use the low power and shock resistant CF media. Once installed, the CF appears as an ordinary hard drive to any OS and can be configured as a boot device. The Dual CF-IDE Hard Drive Adapter contains a second CF slot for the slave position of the IDE channel, allowing increased storage capacity with the same low power consumption and solid state benefits of the CF card.

The adaptor costs around $30.

Interesting, but it's hard to come up with a compelling reason to bother doing this.  It might give you longer battery life on your notebook, but any gains are going to be lost by the extra time it takes to do everything.  You could, in theory at least, use CF cards as a boot drive but the performance you'd get out of your system (remembering that CF cards can do sustained read/writes at speeds of a little over 20MB/s) would be something you'd measure with a sundial rather than a stopwatch.

Aside from goofing around, I can't see a reason to use this.  If you want easily removable flash storage, just use USB flash drives.

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