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I read something like this is possible with macs (at least older ones), anyway is there a way to use a compact flash card with a laptop to replace the hard drive as page file.

Also would this be faster than a hard drive giving better performance?
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well if your compact flash if using faster sppeeds
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Well yes, but is a compact flash reader and card faster than a hard drive in general and can it be used as page file is what I want to know.
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Well yes, but is a compact flash reader and card faster than a hard drive in general and can it be used as page file is what I want to know.
Speed of top of the line CF Card = 25MBps
Speed of a new (1-3 yrs old) laptop hard drive = 66MBps

Keep in mind these speeds are theoretical burst speeds, actual speeds will be slower.
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There's a PCI card that will take, I think, 2 gigs of RAM and will interface to SATA to be used for just that. Lemme find a link...

Edit: Here...

http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=2480
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Originally Posted by Pinhead-227
There's a PCI card that will take, I think, 2 gigs of RAM and will interface to SATA to be used for just that. Lemme find a link...

Edit: Here...

http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=2480
Yeah it takes 4 gigs (4x1gb) of ddr-266 per card and runs at 150mbps over the SATA-150 interface. Only problem is that Will is using a laptop. Laptops don't have PCI slots or external SATA hookups. I have heard that they work well with desktops though.
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Only problem is that Will is using a laptop. Laptops don't have PCI slots or external SATA hookups.
Oops. Sorry.
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