Loading Programs onto SD Cards

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Found 7th Jan 2009
Now that Solid State Harddrives are available, which I presume are similar to SD Card technology, would it be possible to load small programs on to a 16GB SD card itself.

I am thinking of keeping my Netbook (being delivered today) as free from programs as possible even though it does have a 160GB HD. I am figuring that programs on an SD card, though not running as quickly, will keep the Netbook itself running quickly. What do you think? Good idea or not?

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A small program that runs from an .exe file and doesn't require an install should work fine.

even one with a install will work fine - just choose the SD Card drive (e.g. e:/folder/ ) as the install directory

google for 'portable apps' and you should find a ton of things

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chrishill;3977204

google for 'portable apps' and you should find a ton of things



Yep. I have this on an SD card on my Laptop. Will try out what mugglesqoup suggests on some of the programs I need are on CD ROMs

Having programs installed on you HDD does not mean that your machine will run slow. Only programs which are actually running (especially those in the background) have an impact.
Eventually HDD space is taken up by these programs, but you can always uninstall and clean up afterwards (this is good practice anyway). Bear in mind that memory cards are geneally much slower to access and they have a finite life same as HDD.

I bought a netbook for my wife for xmas with 160Gb which I have partitioned into 2 x 80Gb. I have only told her about one of them and she is more than happy. I have guessed that even with Office installed plus a number of applications she uses along with some movies etc that she will take a while to fill the lot.
We also have a network storage drive which we use for backup and archiving.
Since SD is so cheap at the moment, I would think its a good idea to have some cards with movies, music or photos, but applications is a risk if you remove the card at home and then want to use the app while you're away for example.

Nice Idea, just make sure you have a big enough SD card to fit all the apps u need. otherwise you will have to keep swaping them out. :P
I do belive that your apps will run slower tho

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marmalade47;3977234

Having programs installed on you HDD does not mean that your machine will … Having programs installed on you HDD does not mean that your machine will run slow. Only programs which are actually running (especially those in the background) have an impact. Eventually HDD space is taken up by these programs, but you can always uninstall and clean up afterwards (this is good practice anyway). Bear in mind that memory cards are geneally much slower to access and they have a finite life same as HDD.I bought a netbook for my wife for xmas with 160Gb which I have partitioned into 2 x 80Gb. I have only told her about one of them and she is more than happy. I have guessed that even with Office installed plus a number of applications she uses along with some movies etc that she will take a while to fill the lot.We also have a network storage drive which we use for backup and archiving. Since SD is so cheap at the moment, I would think its a good idea to have some cards with movies, music or photos, but applications is a risk if you remove the card at home and then want to use the app while you're away for example.



Agreed and thanks

I always keep backups of SD cards on an external harddrive for this reasons, and keep SD card duplicates too. I am thinking of keeping the card in the netbook (as I do with my laptop) but saving any work documents to a USB Key.

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Tanchi;3977245

Nice Idea, just make sure you have a big enough SD card to fit all the … Nice Idea, just make sure you have a big enough SD card to fit all the apps u need. otherwise you will have to keep swaping them out. :PI do belive that your apps will run slower tho



Thanks for that. I have a 16Gb SD. My first computer (1995) only had a 3Gb harddrive These cards are amazing - waiting for the bigger ones to get cheaper.

I run ]PortableApps and various other applications with a portable version from an old 2GB SD card in a small USB 2.0 reader ]like this one which I got from Pound Land.

The speed is quite good for an old SD card and I am sure it would be even better with a more modern faster one.
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