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Changing an IDE hardrive to an IDE to compact flash adapter. Is it an upgrade?

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Ive been considering tinkering with an old laptop I have. Right now I just use it to play with different lightweight linux distro's. Hard drive space is really unimportant to me on this system and I was thinking about adding a IDE to complact flash adapter so I no longer have to worry about the old HDD failing. Will I see a speed increase when moving to flash storage? Any reason for me to not go tis route?
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Speed increase will be dependent on the compact flash card. Some cheaper ones are the same speed or so as the older IDE drives. Some can be an upgrade but still slowed down by the ide interface. 60mb/s read/write is probably the sweet spot and not too expensive of an option. CF cards can be found to go much faster than that but probably wouldn't be noticed/ used.

As a "tinkering" project it should add some performance. As a cost effective upgrade, only if you already have the CF. Newer sata/ m.2 laptops are much faster with more features. Even cheap $200 easily beat most older laptops that contain an ide. (the push in mobile computing in the last 5 years has been quick).
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