Using Compact Flash Card as Hard Drive

  justrr 22:10 20 Mar 2003

I have read that a compact flash card, as used in digital cameras, can be used as a hard drive via a USB card reader.
Does this mean that the card reader can also write from a PC to the compact flash card?

  howard60 22:19 20 Mar 2003

but without the specific software it can only load the contents of the card to the pc or delete the cards contents.

  hssutton 22:39 20 Mar 2003

As Howards says yes you can, but I disagree with his other statement. I have no other specific software, just the C/flash reader's driver.
Just as a test, I copied your posting into word and saved it to a C/flash card without any problems.


  steve0 22:48 20 Mar 2003

I use one all the time to transfer files back and forward to work. It is very quick and less hassle than burning to CD

  accord 22:58 20 Mar 2003

yes they can and also compact flash cards will soon be available in 4gig

click here

just think, my first hard drive was 1.2gig.....

  Cordy13 23:48 20 Mar 2003

As a storage medium, they are excellent but rather small at present. Just wait, however, until the price of 4GB comes down! 10 GB is probably not far away.

  Bagsey 08:25 21 Mar 2003

They are an excellent way of carrying data between home and office. I use it now instead of Floppy disks which have been outdated by the size of files, particularly graphics. I also found them very usefull when transfering data to a new computer.

  Bagsey 08:27 21 Mar 2003

My first hard drive was on a 4.77 Mhz Olivetti computer and was 10 meg. Yes Meg. Slow man Slow.

  Rayuk 17:28 21 Mar 2003

Workmates have Smart Media/Compact Flash/Memory Stick so a 6in1 reader was an excellent buy in my case.
Have tried all 3 formats for transferring to and from without problems.

  recap 19:33 21 Mar 2003

I use a compact flash card (via multicard reader) to save some of my work on. At work I have the software for the card reader but not at home, as hssutton has done I have the drivers loaded and it works fine. Much much better than the Zip drive as this always makes my system freeze up.

  justrr 21:18 21 Mar 2003

Thankyou all for your information. I shall go ahead and join you as a user.

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