Because nothing has happened. Everything works just the same as a conventional hard drive, only lighter, faster, cleaner, cooler and with less stress.
I really wish there was something to report, but the whole experience started out perfectly and hasn’t skipped a beat. I regularly power on the machine, boot, sometimes disk check, continue on with the events of the day, and power off.
I read, write, save files and images. I compile new software, make updates, build kernels, troubleshoot configurations and experiment same as ever — all the while writing and reading the entire system to the card.
And there have been no problems. No hiccups, no disk errors, no transfer issues, no evident size reduction, no measurable space constriction, no mistakes, glitches, bumps, kerfuffles or rigmaroles. It’s been smooth sailing since the first power-on.
So what can I say? It’s lasted longer than I expected, and shows no signs of breaking or quitting. The rumor is false. CF cards aren’t any less or more reliable than conventional drives — and I feel qualified to make that statement, considering I’ve lost two standard drives to hardware faults in as many years.
In fact, the entire experience only makes me want to really kick one in the shins — really put it through the wringer, and see what happens to it. Something beyond day-to-day use, and more in the realm of intense, sustained abuse.
So I’ve ordered another one, as well as another adapter, and I’m going to hunt down something that is designed to kill hard drives — some application that will simply thrash away at disk space and force the darned thing to quit.
I’m going to start the thing and let it run until it freezes, catches fire or collapses in a puddle of tears, begging for mercy.
It’s all purely in the name of science, of course. I’ve already exploded the myth sufficiently to prove in my mind that any computer I salvage or keep in the next decade will be fitted with similar connectors and cards.
But this is no longer about just using an unconventional solution for an everyday tool, or about saving a little power and perhaps gaining a tiny sliver of speed. It’s not a gimmick or a stunt now. This is a mission. This is war. This is … SCIENCE!