I was doing a bit of 'netshopping' for an SD card reader in PCMCIA form to slide into my laptop and receive installation folders and free up some hard drive space. I have an SSD in this old Pentium3 laptop I'm typing on because it's in a very vulnerable spot and can't be relocated. SSD's will (hopefully) take much more bangs and bumps before losing data.
I went through the excercise of modifying a slipstream XP installation setup for a USB stick a few years ago, and the results were disappointing to say the least. The speed was HORRIBLE! If I'm going to have the same problem with an SDHC, I'll have to scuttle the whole plan.
I was looking around for write speed info on some of those SDs, and haven't found any so far. I'm worried when I do find some detailed speed specs they're going to be in a language I don't understand.
I don't use USBs or flash for keys, but I'd love to hear in a general sense anyone's impressions.
I've seen so many SD adapters that look to be used for OS installations, for instance plugging into IDE cables, but people claim to use USB XPs, and I'm not going down that road until USB 3.0 is every where, at the least.
A quick check online just now found sata models available as well, although in much smaller numbers than the IDE styles.