281°
EXPIRED
Build Your Own SSD £10.89 @ DealExtreme
Build Your Own SSD £10.89 @ DealExtreme

Build Your Own SSD £10.89 @ DealExtreme

Buy forBuy forBuy for£10.89
GETGet dealVisit site and get deal
Seems like a good deal. Build your own SSD, just need to buy this and any CF card you like. Its not as fast as a *proper" SSD but there are no moving parts so its silent and robust! It would be great for a netbook.

48 Comments

What is a SSD please

Solid
State
Drive

It would be a good idea to use a very fast "special edition" (Sandisk Ultra or something) CF card with these so you get a good transfer speed.

With real 2.5" sata drives being so cheap and large not sure I'd bother messing around with this. The size of the flash drive is going to be limited, and write speeds are never that good.

If you want to see what the effect would be like, connect a usb pen to the PC and run the OS off it.

[email protected];4436016

It would be a good idea to use a very fast "special edition" (Sandisk … It would be a good idea to use a very fast "special edition" (Sandisk Ultra or something) CF card with these so you get a good transfer speed.




But a good and fast CF card is not cheap at all!

It costs about 60 or 150 quid for a SANDISK EXTREME III CF 16GB or 32GB on Amazon.

Not reall cost effective I think.

I am really looking with interest at solid state drives, particularly watching the lowering costs of the 1.8" drives as they will when cheap enough become wonderful more robust replacements for those of us with high capacity MP4 players Creative Vision M/IPOD Classic

[email protected];4436016

It would be a good idea to use a very fast "special edition" (Sandisk … It would be a good idea to use a very fast "special edition" (Sandisk Ultra or something) CF card with these so you get a good transfer speed.




Just hold on a minute...

This deal is clearly not meant for the gamer (super quick,super speedy, lets go and buy another £50 game for my monster 8 core, 500gb laptop, overclocked oil cooled video card a smokin)

Its more for the casual interweb user (moderate to slow, where's me slippers, second user, lets go and put the kettle on whilst I wait for the PIII 800 to get started, 10 or 20gb and a few dog sectors, just checking my e-mail dear, one sugar in mine, bit of fun on a Sunday....)

As the tcorbyn09 says "It would be great for a netbook."

Nice post, heat added :-)

LOL - That was funny

Original Poster

63 deg and still not hot yet? Newbie here but how hot does somthing have to be to make it to the "Hot" section?

[email protected];4436016

It would be a good idea to use a very fast "special edition" (Sandisk … It would be a good idea to use a very fast "special edition" (Sandisk Ultra or something) CF card with these so you get a good transfer speed.



Even these are slow compared to the average HDD. Not too mention the smaller capacity.

tcorbyn09;4444998

63 deg and still not hot yet? Newbie here but how hot does somthing have … 63 deg and still not hot yet? Newbie here but how hot does somthing have to be to make it to the "Hot" section?



About 90 or 95 I think - which is a mark you've just passed :thumbsup:

Shame its not dual CF with two 16gb CFs for £18 each that would be nice.

Banned

My netbook (eeepc 901) comes with a slot for SD cards any way, so it is cheaper to buy one of those. Don't other netbooks have a similar slot?

tomlewis007;4482829

Shame its not dual CF with two 16gb CFs for £18 each that would be nice.



That's what I did last year - I bought the one with dual SD with two 8gb SD cards (all from DealExtreme) and it's running in a RAID-0 configuration in my media centre.

If you buy fast cards I don't see why this can't be as fast as SSD drives - in fact mine is faster than any SSD drive because of the RAID configuration.

mabccc;4482859

My netbook (eeepc 901) comes with a slot for SD cards any way, so it is … My netbook (eeepc 901) comes with a slot for SD cards any way, so it is cheaper to buy one of those. Don't other netbooks have a similar slot?



The SD alot is for additional storage - you still have to boot the laptop from the main hard drive.

This replaces the main hard drive. Because it takes a CF card, it has no moving parts and it uses much less energy so your laptop's battery runs for longer.

Banned

refaey;4483047

The SD alot is for additional storage - you still have to boot the laptop … The SD alot is for additional storage - you still have to boot the laptop from the main hard drive.This replaces the main hard drive. Because it takes a CF card, it has no moving parts and it uses much less energy so your laptop's battery runs for longer.



Oh right. My main drive is SSD anyway and 4GB is plenty for an nlited XP and all the software I need.

from hong kong?

Tinners;4437559

Just hold on a minute... This deal is clearly not meant for the gamer … Just hold on a minute... This deal is clearly not meant for the gamer (super quick,super speedy, lets go and buy another £50 game for my monster 8 core, 500gb laptop, overclocked oil cooled video card a smokin)



LOL

- but an Oil cooled Octo-core laptop does sound awesome

blimey;4483146

from hong kong?



i believe so

i dunno, but for me i'm not sure bout purchasing from hong kong. i got a really, really, really....... BAD experience.

Good article ]here on setting up MCE on a CF card

Can't see this being faster than normal SATA to be honest.

blimey;4483213

i dunno, but for me i'm not sure bout purchasing from hong kong. i got a … i dunno, but for me i'm not sure bout purchasing from hong kong. i got a really, really, really....... BAD experience.



DealExtreme is a well known website. I've ordered from them countless times without any problems. Shipping is upto 2 weeks usually.

blimey;4483213

i dunno, but for me i'm not sure bout purchasing from hong kong. i got a … i dunno, but for me i'm not sure bout purchasing from hong kong. i got a really, really, really....... BAD experience.



DealExtreme rocks all of our socks

aylesby;4435974

What is a SSD please




****** slow disk in this case

refaey;4483035

If you buy fast cards I don't see why this can't be as fast as SSD drives … If you buy fast cards I don't see why this can't be as fast as SSD drives - in fact mine is faster than any SSD drive because of the RAID configuration.




I doubt that.. you can get over 350MB/s from real SSDs in RAID0..

but, it is cheap, so if you have a good spare CF card it may have its uses.

loopie;4436159

With real 2.5" sata drives being so cheap and large not sure I'd bother … With real 2.5" sata drives being so cheap and large not sure I'd bother messing around with this. The size of the flash drive is going to be limited, and write speeds are never that good.If you want to see what the effect would be like, connect a usb pen to the PC and run the OS off it.



Posting excellent deals for niche products on here is a bit of a waste of time as this thread proves. The vast majority of people simply don't understand what the products are, and how and when they could be useful, so you get posts like the above.

An SSD is not about ultra high capacity or outright transfer speed, it's about a silent, low power, shock proof mass storage system. They also beat hard disk drives in access time hands down since there are no moving parts, so when accessing lots of smaller files they can actually be faster overall.

SSD'a are not directly comparable to mass storage accessed via USB, since these connect directly to the mass storage bus (i.e. PATA or SATA) which means far less overhead to access.

they are not shock proof as these are for CF

Another thumbs up to Deal Extreme. You'll have no problem ordering stuff off them, I have used them twice.

:thumbsup:

loopie;4436159

With real 2.5" sata drives being so cheap and large not sure I'd bother … With real 2.5" sata drives being so cheap and large not sure I'd bother messing around with this. The size of the flash drive is going to be limited, and write speeds are never that good.If you want to see what the effect would be like, connect a usb pen to the PC and run the OS off it.


Hah. Good luck doing that with WinXP*.

[SIZE="1"]* unless you have a copy of Server 2k3 hanging around and plenty of time to hack around with DLLs[/SIZE]

dontasciime;4484054

they are not shock proof as these are for CF



Yes, that's right. Compact FLASH cards, as in no moving parts. It has been a while since you could get CF sized micro disks.

Something like ] this dual CF adaptor makes more sense due to speed and capacity increases, though.

This reminds me of the popcorn hour last night people who have no idea putting it down i don't understand when people see threads and they don't understand the title page why they come in and say stuff.

As for this with the price of fast flash memory being so high its not really a good idea and as for netbook use i had a dell mini9 and they use a mini pci as i believe do the asus so you wont have the space to fit these in any netbook that has a SSD drive fitted and if you must have speed in your desktop sata drives are close to scsi speeds now and for the price it would cost to populate this with fast cards i would buy a raptor drive. This is only a replacement for a 2.5inch HDD and to swap a sataII drive for this would be metal at this stage so for that reason I'm voting cold as its a bit of a daft idea

To get this over a 100gb with the same speed as a sataII would cost at least 3x more than the standard sata price. I also remember a article in a pc mag last year about the guy building one of these and using it in his pc and from what i remember he put 2 16gb sandisk cards in it and he found it was a nightmare to get the computer to install windows to it and required a lot of messing about and when it was tested speed wise the sata drive was faster to cut a long story short he said its not a good idea.

Yes a good cheap idea if you have a biggish CF card sitting doing nothing. But as it doesn't excel in any field its not that great.

With the price of RAM being so cheap at the moment I'm surprised somebody has not made a replacement for gigabytes i-ram ramdisk. So you could have a 8gb ram disk for £80-£100 which would boot your OS in seconds and your apps instantly would be fantastic. I emailed gigabyte about this 2 years ago now and they stated that the cost of memory would limit it's market and thus would not be viable to produce. Might be time to contact them again!

tcorbyn09;4444998

63 deg and still not hot yet? Newbie here but how hot does somthing have … 63 deg and still not hot yet? Newbie here but how hot does somthing have to be to make it to the "Hot" section?




After 5-6 pints, near closing time, then everything gets Hot. :-D

you can only write so many times and chuck your cf card against wall and zap it with clicker from lighter they do not work for long

Someone buy 1 of these and then use CF then test with hdtach/rw and post sustained write speeds and the read speeds

GAVINLEWISHUKD;4487226

Yes a good cheap idea if you have a biggish CF card sitting doing … Yes a good cheap idea if you have a biggish CF card sitting doing nothing. But as it doesn't excel in any field its not that great.With the price of RAM being so cheap at the moment I'm surprised somebody has not made a replacement for gigabytes i-ram ramdisk. So you could have a 8gb ram disk for £80-£100 which would boot your OS in seconds and your apps instantly would be fantastic. I emailed gigabyte about this 2 years ago now and they stated that the cost of memory would limit it's market and thus would not be viable to produce. Might be time to contact them again!




I have one of those i rams and shame they do not update to ddr3 and use SATA II(instead of max ddr200 and sata 150) to use now 16 + gig. My I-ram cost me over £480 for 4 gig ram drive very fast though

dontasciime;4487964

I have one of those i rams and shame they do not update to ddr3 and use … I have one of those i rams and shame they do not update to ddr3 and use SATA II(instead of max ddr200 and sata 150) to use now 16 + gig. My I-ram cost me over £480 for 4 gig ram drive very fast though



DD3 is still massively expensive and the SATA 2 is the limiting point so would be better off with DDR2 anyway. They had a DDR2 one at computex 2006 but never put it into production due to ram costs. But as 4x2gb dimms will cost about £60 and if they can make a motherboard for £30 I'm sure they could make this for £30. So an 8gb ramdisk for £90, If Mr gigabyte is reading I take 2 off your hands.:thumbsup:

And I 'll have 8

dontasciime;4487894

you can only write so many times and chuck your cf card against wall and … you can only write so many times and chuck your cf card against wall and zap it with clicker from lighter they do not work for longSomeone buy 1 of these and then use CF then test with hdtach/rw and post sustained write speeds and the read speeds




and how long would a solid state drive last if you threw it against a wall repeatedly and zapped it with a clicker from a lighter?

Unicon77;4489724

and how long would a solid state drive last if you threw it against a … and how long would a solid state drive last if you threw it against a wall repeatedly and zapped it with a clicker from a lighter?




same point

They are not shock proof and cheaper ones only so many writes far too dear and until even sata is replaced with faster no point in spending that much money on no capacity.

My samusng tb hard drives ar fast enough for me, as a power saver they are pretty good idea, an adapter idea for tenner and cf for £20 as a mess on fine

surely any hard drive would fail if you repeatedly threw it against a wall and zapped it with a lighter clicker, thats why your meant to wear a static strap when working with components and have a G-force drop rating written on drive specs?

i'm not making a point of whether this is good or not, but the fact of doing what you say to any hard drive will have the same effects, i can't imagine myself thinking about getting one of these though
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text