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benching my sd card right now
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Originally Posted by fateswarm View Post

Well, a lot of laptops can allow to just stick an SD card on the side and adding a second drive might be pain (they often need specialized converters and docks not included with the purchase).

Then again, if that sluggishness with multiple files remains it's pointless beyond basic storage or large files.

Though it's interesting that Windows considers them good enough for ReadyBoost sometimes.

Ok, I can see what you're thinking there with the easy laptop capacity upgrade.

Thing is, almost any laptop with a microSD slot also has a full size SD slot. Full size SD is faster, larger capacity, cheaper, and possibly more reliable too.

If limited to just micro, the largest capacity is pretty small anyway.



As for the readyboost bit. Readyboost is really just a pagefile-esque cache. It doesn't really help anything unless you are out of physical memory to begin with. At that point, it doesn't matter how fast your virtual memory is, you're taking a huge performance hit using it. Whether it's your pagefile on a hard drive, a dedicated SSD, or even just readboost via SD or flash drive.
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first one is samsung 830 ssd. second is 1tb caviar blue hdd. third is 16gb lexar 400x sd card.
aside from sequential speeds, the sd card is better than the hdd.

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your question is:

can a mico SD replace a hdd?

answer:
yes.


however for real wold performance etc.. it is nto worth the hassel unless you want to make it portable and jsut plug the device in and load it up on any computer. then yes and a bit of R&D.
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HDD

microSD

In my opinion, it can.
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You'd have so many read and writes to the memory card that it would probably fail after a not so long period of time. I wouldn't recommend it at all.
    
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You'd have so many read and writes to the memory card that it would probably fail after a not so long period of time. I wouldn't recommend it at all.

I've never heard of an SD card failing. Sure, there are limited write cycles, but you get that with an SSD as well. SD cards have flash memory that are rated for 100k write cycles. It's basically an SSD except slower.
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I've never heard of an SD card failing. Sure, there are limited write cycles, but you get that with an SSD as well. SD cards have flash memory that are rated for 100k write cycles. It's basically an SSD except slower.

I've personally had 2 SD cards and a flash drive reach the end of their lives on me within the past 5 years. Both cards were reasonably high end, the flash drive was free from microcenter. I don't use them particularly heavily.

There is absolutely no way you could expect your average MicroSD to survive prolonged use as a primary volume for a typical windows installation. Perhaps if you turned off the pagefile and many other features to minimise writes, but that is not typical usage. Then again, neither is running a desktop or even a laptop computer in 2013 with just 64GB total capacity.
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Why not go with a USB 3.0 flash drive?
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