Crazy idea........USB flash drives converted to IDE or SATA disks.

Discussion in 'Storage' started by Boll Weevil, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Boll Weevil

    Boll Weevil Guest

    My computers HD crashed again and I have to reinstall everything. Recently,
    these USB flash drives are getting quite reasonable and I began to think how
    nice it would be if I could used them as a boot drive instead the traditional
    head thrashers. I was looking at the 3.5 inch dead HD and perhaps you could fit
    about a dozen of those USB flash drives into a case. Then, with a onboard raid
    controller, it could stripe it to create a large LUN. Of course this is all
    speculation. I've not run into such a animal while googling.
    Boll Weevil, Jun 12, 2008
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  2. Boll Weevil

    nik Simpson Guest

    There is a company that builds an adapter that takes CF-cards and turns
    them into a SATA drive, see:
    nik Simpson, Jun 12, 2008
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  3. Boll Weevil

    Boll Weevil Guest

    Well, they are too small for one thing and if you get the 32GB ones you have to
    loose limbs. To be comfortable for windows XP, you need about 20GB minimum.
    But I wouldn't even entertain that. Vista..... forget it.

    It would be nice to have a HD sized case where I can plug in 10 to 20 SD, Flash,
    CF cards to be striped into one big logical disk. Like I said, this maybe
    another year or two before we see anything like this...... I am thinking.
    Boll Weevil, Jun 12, 2008
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    nik Simpson Guest

    My bet is that you'll never see it, the price wouldn't be that much
    better than a conventional flash drive, maybe even worse. Give it a
    couple of years and nobody will care because the flash-based drives will
    be cheap enough for all practical purposes.
    nik Simpson, Jun 13, 2008
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