SD Card as Primary Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dingdongbubble, Jul 4, 2009.

  1. dingdongbubble macrumors 6502a

    Jun 1, 2007

    Since the new Macbook Pros have an SD card slot, I was wondering if using a large capacity SD card as a primary drive is feasible or not. I did read an article on Macworld that this is indeed possible. But I want to know its practicality. Lets assume I wont be needing the SD card for anything else. Will the SD card really be faster, stabler, more reliable than a hard drive?

    Secondly how useful would a high performance card like the Sandisk Extreme III be over an average performance card? Will the difference be noticeable?

    Are there any problems with such a setup (assuming 16/32 GB is enough for me)?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    It runs at USB speeds, so it is abysmally slow.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    faster, no. More stable- I'm not really sure what you mean. More reliable- I guess, but not to the point where I'd want to use one over the internal drive.
  4. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    they only reason i would install on an SD card would be for novelty's sake.
    I suppose if you are only using it for like internet and thats it. it might be ok, altho slow
  5. Frosties macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2009
    The SD card slot on the usb2 bus is much slower than your harddrive. Forget using it as systems drive. It's a emergency boot disk solution more than anything else.
  6. dingdongbubble thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 1, 2007
    ahh right ok then :D. I can make one for emergencies or something. Thanks for the replies.

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