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Im wondering this as it would be great if i could have some on the go games, Not talking about super HQ games but more like a lot of the games GOG offers, Postal 2 HoMM 3 deus ex.

I dont know anything about the internals of a CF card but a half decent one is like 3x the speed of a SD if im correct,

I dunno just want to know if its possible to play games like that with no stuttering, I had OTTD on a 2GB stick before, Worked but with minor stuttering
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Compact Flash supports the ATA standards so it can appear like any other HDD/SSD in your system.


...But why bother? A SSD is cheaper per GB and MUCH faster than even a x266 CF card.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

Compact Flash supports the ATA standards so it can appear like any other HDD/SSD in your system.


...But why bother? A SSD is cheaper per GB than a fast CF card.

I dunno really, I had the idea of getting a midrange 16gb card so i could play something when i go out, I could just slot it in any pc basically or laptop and have a quick game of something, Really its more for those games you want to play but dont want to install, You can just keep them on a card and slot it in whenever you want.
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I dunno really, I had the idea of getting a midrange 16gb card so i could play something when i go out, I could just slot it in any pc basically or laptop and have a quick game of something, Really its more for those games you want to play but dont want to install, You can just keep them on a card and slot it in whenever you want.

With Windows, the game has to be installed. Registry inserts and updates have to be made as well.


Furthermore, if possible... you can do the same thing with a portable SSD drive and maybe a thumb drive.
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I tried to boot a game from a 7200rpm sata from USB2.0 and it was pretty much ok, not optimal but ok, i have not tried from a sd card though, if you have a y success please share it with us, as others mentioned a SSD would be good but unless you have USB 3.0 you will be limited to 480mbps instead of sata3's 6gbps. And still wih 3.0 you will be also limited by 1gbps. USB3.0 is still quite uncommon and definatly will take a while to it to get toibrary and school computers

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Done it with a 5400 RPM external .. USB 2.0 kinda slow, but in the end what matters the most is the game can run wlike that ... most blizzard games can ... so just try it and see ... biggrin.gif
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What the ... 4 post??????? auto fail! HELP MODZ!
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Yes, it should work, but it would be better to buy an SSD.
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What the ... 4 post??????? auto fail! HELP MODZ!

What more help? It's nothing new...

It will be more expensive, complicated, and slower so why bother?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313251 $40.99 for 64gb class 10
then just search up "how to make pc game portable"
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