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Turn a memory card into a hard disk

Updated on February 13, 2013
Card to IDE adapter
Card to IDE adapter

A solid-state drive (SSD) (also known as an electronic disk) is a data storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently. SSD technology uses electronic interfaces compatible with traditional block input/output (I/O) hard disk drives.

On the other hand, a memory card or flash card is an electronic flash memory data storage device used for storing digital information.

Solid state drives are providing many benefits: increased operating speed (there are no mechanical moving parts involved), no heating (no need for a cooler) and no noise. Still, there is one thing that may prohibit one to use a SSD: the price. As any new technology, SSDs are expensive devices. The actual tendencies of SSD producers are to get more and more storage space on a SSD device and to decrease the price.

But if one can't afford a SSD yet, there is a more cheaper method to get rid of a classic hard drive.

If you want to take advantage of a SSD device for a very low cost, here is a method: buy a "card to IDE adapter" (you may conduct a Google search to find the best price for you or just go here) and a memory card (see the picture below). The adapter is very cheap, under 10 bucks. Assembly the card into the adapter and connect the adapter into your motherboard IDE connecter.

Adapter connectors: 1 = IDE connector, 2 = power connector
Adapter connectors: 1 = IDE connector, 2 = power connector

To work, the adapter must be connected to a power source; you may use the floppy disk power connector (if available).

Now, if everything is OK, you'll have a brand new hard disk into your computer. You can use it as an classic hard disk: format the disk, store your files, manipulate files and even install your favorite OS.

Final notes:

-this method will not provide the same performance as using a real SSD, but is a very cheap alternative;

-be sure to buy a good quality, high speed memory card; a low speed memory card will decrease your computer performance;

-if you have a SATA hard disk instead of an IDE hard disk, you must use a memory card to SATA adapter.

Adapter with card in it
Adapter with card in it

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    SHAR NOR 5 years ago from Miami, FL

    Thank you the informative Hub. I must try this out seriously.