I don’t know whether I should be embarrassed, worried or amused. For the greater part of a year I’ve been pushing CF cards as a method of rehabilitating out-of-date hardware.
They’re cheaper than full-size drives, vastly cheaper than SSDs, and in all the time I’ve used mine I haven’t had a single error.
Technically I still haven’t had a problem. But I realize now, that until yesterday, I had never put a CF card into a “new” machine.
In fact, the fastest machine I’d ever used one in … topped out at about 150Mhz.
So you can probably imagine my confusion and disappointment when I put one in a 2.2Ghz Celeron, and wondered why in the heck it was taking so long to do its thing.
Yes, it’s sad but true: It appears that my savior for sub-200Mhz machines is the bane of the supra-1Ghz bracket. I should’ve guessed.
I say I should’ve guessed because I knew full well that the bottleneck on a system running with the card and the adapter is the connecting IO hardware.
In other words, the card works so well with old-old computers because the computer itself can barely keep up with the card.
Reverse the situation — put the card in a fast machine — and suddenly it’s the card that’s holding things up.
Write cycles were particularly bad; I could probably live with an installed system so long as I didn’t have to save a lot of stuff all the time.
And to be honest, I could probably see myself using one in much the same way I do already — with a built system that I turn on once a day, answer some e-mails, and never do much more than that.
But anything that needs heavy disk access — torrent slave, low-memory system — would be a nightmare. Brr, I shudder at the thought.
Tell me if your setup is working better for you. For me, this is a backup solution at best, and my “supra-1Ghz” comment above is really just a ballpark estimate.
If you’ve actually got something comparable in a 1.7Ghz machine and it’s working well for you with a CF card in it, I’ll assume the best, and figure the error is on my end.
Which it usually is. This time too, it seems.