Flash Memory as HDD in older laptop

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  1. kf4zht

    kf4zht New Member

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    I have an older Dell c600 laptop (PIII 600mhz) that I mostly use for utility purposes such as programming stuff via serial port and as a manual reader in the garage. Recently the hard drive has been going out in it. I can get a laptop HDD for it for around 50-100 bucks most places. But given that there is not that much that stays on it and keeping with the idea of fewer moving parts could I use something like:

    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.19494

    and a 16 or 32gb CF card as my HDD?

    Would the bios see it as a hard drive and does it need any special formatting to work?
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    The BIOS will see it as a hard drive, but Windows might require some convincing. If you manually install the Hitachi MicroDrive driver, Windows will believe that you really do intend to use it as a hard drive. I had to do that when I installed a FLASH card to use for my computer's pagefile.
     
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    Ok, that will work thanks for the info.
     

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