Alternative Uses for SD card slot!

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  1. MacsAreBetter\ macrumors member

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    Hello folks!

    While having an SD card slot is very exciting for photography-oriented users, for others its just another empty hole. I know you can use it as a boot-able drive, and install OS X on it. Is there anything else it can do?

    thanks,
    - Mike
     
  2. mulo macrumors 68020

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    I laughed so hard.

    if you use bootcamp use it for readyboost :0
     
  3. talmy macrumors 601

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    You can use it instead of a USB memory stick for "sneaker net" or small backups.
     
  4. butters149 macrumors 6502

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    Are there instructions on how to use iras a bootable drive? I want to ditch the optical drive all together.
     
  5. MacsAreBetter\ thread starter macrumors member

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    http://technabob.com/blog/2009/06/28/install-os-x-on-an-sd-card/

    Here you go bud, I assume its the same as installing it to a normal drive.

    What about one of these:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Apiotek/EC0003D/

    Except inserted into the SD slot? Of course it won't be as fast as a proper express-card, but another USB port would be useful on occasion!
     
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You can't put an ExpressCard in an SD slot, they are completely incompatible. The only thing it's actually useful for is SD cards.
     
  7. MacsAreBetter\ thread starter macrumors member

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    I know you can't put an express-card in there, it's too huge. I was asking for an equivalent, maybe a small sd-USB adapter? ...
     
  8. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    AFAIK, there are no such devices, as the SD slot is a USB to SD adapter, and does not contain all the same data paths as a full USB port.
     
  9. escogido macrumors member

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    I have an idea I want to run by you, more of a question though. Initially I wanted to run W7 off the MBP, but didn't want to have to partition the drive. Can I not just install the W7 onto the card and run it when I need to simply by sticking it in? :D
     
  10. Gabbelito macrumors newbie

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    This would be epic. But it would also require a large SD card.
    But is it possible to run Windows 7 from an external HDD?
     
  11. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, but it'll be so painfully slow you won't want to use it.
     
  12. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    You can always make it a 3rd USB port...
     
  13. cube macrumors G5

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    Feedback to Apple that you want ExpressCard back instead of SD.
     
  14. blueroom macrumors 603

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    That has got to be the clunkyist design ever.
    [​IMG]
     
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    +1, is this possible?
     
  16. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    Even a Class 10 card would be slower than slow, that's if it's even possible.
     
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  18. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    For casual users, yes, but most professional cameras use Compact Flash cards.

    Since I do not have a DVD drive in my machine, I have a 16gB SD card with a bootable install of OS X as a recovery drive.
     
  19. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Buffer rate isn't very realistic. You'll get closer to 50-60MB/s with an average drive. The SD will be at least half the speed, at best.
     

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