Hypothetical: Flash Drive in MB?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by iToaster, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. iToaster macrumors 68000

    iToaster

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    All this waiting for an ultra-portable gave me an idea. it seems that a large factor in the ultra-portable laptop is the flash drive, so my question is, can you put a flash drive in a Mac (MB) and have it work? (essentially making it one step closer to an ultra-portable)
    P.S. I wouldn't actually do this.
     
  2. 66217 Guest

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    If what you are asking is if it is possible to boot from an external hard drive, yes, it is possible.:)

    But I don't get why not just put a small flash drive inside of the ultra-protable?
     
  3. iToaster thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I know my Mac can boot from an external HD, but I was going more along the lines of if a Flash Drive (like the HD shaped ones that go inside) will work in a Mac instead of the spinny ones. Essentially rip the HD out of the MB and put a Flash (uh) HD in its place and have it work. I won't actually do this because of capacity reasons if it is possible to do it, but as well, what effect would it have on the Mac itself (yes, I know it will be faster)?
     
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    Basically the benefits of a flash drive would be that they are faster and are not damaged if moved violently. The latter not being very helpful in a laptop, since there are a bunch of other parts that can get damaged if you move violently your laptop.

    I think in a near future (2-3 years) we would say goodbye to the actual HD and start using Flash Drives. Right now they are too expensive.
     
  5. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Is it possible to boot from one of those express card / flash memory HDDs ?
    I know they are overpriced at the moment, but it would be a nice option in the future for current MBP users if they wanted to get the benefits of flash based storage.
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    What makes you say that? Currently, the write speed to Flash memory is generally appallingly slow compared to hard drives.

    We may see improvements in the future but high-speed prototypes at last year were at a whopping 4mb.

    For instance, http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=32801


    I also have to link here what CanadaRAM has to say about the idea... and it's not good.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=3629394&postcount=2
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=3537248&postcount=3
     
  7. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    How is it not helpful? It's one less thing that can go wrong, always a good thing.

    Yes, 2-3 years sounds right. By then, flash will be everywhere.
     
  8. 66217 Guest

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    I was under the impression that Flash Drives are faster when booting and in normal day-to-day use.

    It is not as helpful as in an iPod, but basically yes, it is one less thing that can go wrong.
     
  9. LeviG macrumors 65816

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    you can replace the hard drive with a 2.5" ssd drive if you wanted, they work in the same way.

    Capacity is less, read/write is usually a little slower at the moment due to interface technology being used (most I've seen so far are pata) but the random access time is instant compared with the time of a hard drive.
     

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