View Full Version : Poor Man's SSD - CF to PATA in a Pismo?

Jul 19, 2011, 01:30 PM
I recently picked a Pismo up and I'm sort of falling in love with the thing despite having a Macbook that run's circles around it in terms of performance. The design, ergonomics, keyboard, are all really top notch.

One thing that I've noticed is the hard drive is really whiny, so I'm guessing it's on it's way out possibly.

Replacing it with another HDD is an option but used one's are also likely limited in life and new ones are hard to justify the cost for. Realizing that I don't need that much space for what I'll be using it the idea of a 16GB CF card as the boot drive seems tempting. Basically with the adapter + decent speed CF card it would be under $50.

Anyone done it? What adapter did you use? What speed CF card? How did it compare to the hard drive?

Jul 19, 2011, 02:47 PM
You shouldn't have any problems doing that. Austin Leeds of Low End Mac did exactly that in an old clamshell iBook.

It was 5 part article he wrote, all 5 parts can be found on his index page below.


Part 2 shows which adapter and CF card he used, I think part 4 has speed tests, and part 5 talks about the difference between types of CF cards.

He has also started a new project of putting an SSD in a Pismo, along with other upgrades.


Jul 19, 2011, 04:35 PM
Wow, great stuff.

Thanks for the links, I've never seen that iBook piece.

Looks like I'll go for it, for $50 it seems pretty well worth it.

Oct 12, 2011, 06:33 PM

Sorry for rezzing an oldish thread, bu tI recently did the same thing with a Pismo. If you're still around KurtangleTN, would you mind sharing your results?