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Why not go with a USB 3.0 flash drive?

Cause then you have a dongle sticking out of your computer?
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Cause then you have a dongle sticking out of your computer?

I didn't read anything about the OP needing a solution that would be "flush" with the PC/mac
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Why are you trying to use a Micro SD card as a regular drive. Seems to me you can just get an SSD?
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Cause then you have a dongle sticking out of your computer?
you cllearly can nto think out the box.



put a jumper on the usb headder and then it is internal
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I've run a small basic linux mint partition off a microsd card, 2gb one, worked fine for basic stuff like web surfing.
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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.

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I didn't read anything about the OP needing a solution that would be "flush" with the PC/mac

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you cllearly can nto think out the box.



put a jumper on the usb headder and then it is internal

"cllearly" some of you don't understand the concept of laptops.
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Though it's interesting that Windows considers them good enough for ReadyBoost sometimes.

ReadyBoost is primarily reads. That's not really a problem with flash memory, even ones with very basic controllers. Issue is most SD cards have very poor random 4K write performance (10-100x slower than HDD). There are good ones with decent random 4K: Samsung, SanDisk Extreme, Sony, etc so if you want something to run an OS, those are what I'd get. Pretty sure Windows won't let you install to removable storage so this recommendation is only useful if you're running Linux.

As for the 100K P/E cycles, that was back in the days of SLC. I reckon most flash drives and (micro)SD cards nowadays use TLC NAND with 1K P/E cycles. Besides, it's not rally so much the number of write cycles but the very high write amplification that's the problem. I've killed flash drives and microSD cards with 3-6 months use of Firefox and Thunderbird. What more if you try to use it for Windows? That's if it even allows you to install.

Best bet for a laptop really is to replace the 2.5" HDD with SSD.
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"cllearly" some of you don't understand the concept of laptops.

REALLY.

when last have you opened a laptop?
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It can, but you need a special OS that knows how to handle it as such. Windows has had embedded versions since Windows XP that have optimizations to lower the writes to it as much as possible.

The Raspberry Pi for example uses an SD card slot to load the OS, they even have a special Linux distro for it.
 
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It can, but you need a special OS that knows how to handle it as such. Windows has had embedded versions since Windows XP that have optimizations to lower the writes to it as much as possible.

Licensing is also an issue if you plan on running a thin client version of Windows (at least if you go legal). As far as I remember, minimum you can get is 100 licenses. Most live Linux versions would work well as those are designed to run from RAM. Need to make them persistent though so you can save your progress.
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Rosewill R101-P-BK 
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Intel Core i5-3450S Intel DQ77KB Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM Samsung 830 256GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
KeyboardCaseMouse
Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x4GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
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Rosewill R101-P-BK 
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