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Addonics provides a cheap and simple way to add solid-state storage

Addonics has introduced a new CompactFlash to IDE adapter that will give users a relatively cheap and simply way to add solid-state storage (SSD) to their notebook computers.

Addonics’ single-slot AD44MIDECF and dual-slot AD44MIDE2CF accept CompactFlash cards and plug into a standard 2.5" IDE connector. The adapter features an LED light for drive access, supports CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards, is bootable and supports almost any operating system imaginable.

The best thing about the adapter is its affordability. The single-slot version comes in at $25 USD while the dual-slot version can be had for just $30 USD.

Century came up with a similar idea with its 4-slot 2.5" Secure Digital IDE SSD adapter. That device, however, is priced at a whopping $265.92 USD.

Interest in SSDs have been growing in recent months as more annoucements have been made and prices have fallen to somewhat reasonable levels. Within the past month, SanDisk has introduced a 32GB 2.5" SSD priced at $350 USD while Samsung is touting its new 64GB SSD which offers read/write speeds of 65MB/sec and 45MB/sec respectively



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FAQs
By ricera10 on 4/4/2007 5:59:46 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a FAQ page that also has optimizations for running Windows XP from a CompactFlash drive, just in case you missed on the site and are interested.

http://www.addonics.com/support/faqs/faq_cf.asp




RE: FAQs
By The Boston Dangler on 4/4/2007 7:44:29 PM , Rating: 2
poking around their site, there are all kinds of versions of the adaptor. IDE, SATA, USB, 2.5", 3.5" and PCI slot. i'm interested in the SATA 3.5" bay model


RE: FAQs
By RamarC on 4/4/2007 10:40:13 PM , Rating: 2
can't you just do a registry hack (ala bartpe) to remove the "no booting from removeable device" restriction and then image that xp install onto any flash device?

p.s.: i really need to know if such a hack exist!


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