SD Card as Primary Drive

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

  1. dingdongbubble macrumors 6502a

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    Hi

    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

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    It runs at USB speeds, so it is abysmally slow.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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