compactstor-cs1tThinking about swapping out that old fashioned hard drive in your netbook or laptop for a newfangled solid state disk, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg? The Sans Digital CompactSTOR CS1T will turn any old CompactFlash card into a SSD. Sort of.

The CS1T is actually more of a CF card to 2.5″ hard drive adapter. You just pop a CF card up to 32GB into the device and you can plug it into any desktop or laptop computer that can handle a 2.5″ SATA hard drive. The adapter costs $40, and you can probably find a 32GB CompactFlash card for not much more.

You’re probably not going to get bleeding edge performance if you install an operating system or programs to the disk. But you do get some of the benefits of solid state memory including lower heat and power consumption than a typical hard drive. Also, since there are no moving parts, solid state disks run quieter and are less likely to suffer damage if you bump or drop your laptop.

via the gadgeteer

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6 replies on “Build your own SSD from a CompactFlash card”

  1. Keep in mind that CF has limited write cycles, so this is not going to last anywhere near as long as a traditional HD.

  2. these have been available on ebay for a long time, just without the pretty case!

  3. That isn’t even the neatest item in the lineup. They also sell a CR2T that holds two CF cards and can either do a RAID1 or simple spanning.

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