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Windows 7: ExpressCard Slot - Is There Anything In Yours?

18 Sep 2009   #11
zrtom

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I use an ExpressCard eSATA adapter on my laptops for running faster backups to an eSATA backup hard drive.
Tom
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18 Sep 2009   #12
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Indeed. Is that PCMCIA? Not a SD card reader?
Mine is like this:
ExpressCard Slot - Is There Anything In Yours?-img00097.jpg


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18 Sep 2009   #13
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

i believe his is the smaller ExpressCard 34 while yours is the fuller bigger version....
also PCMCIA comprises of also the PC Card slot i believe (as that is the name of the Association promoting both the PC Card spec and the ExpressCard Spec)
i have the smaller longer version but like most of you is not used...
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18 Sep 2009   #14
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Indeed. Is that PCMCIA? Not a SD card reader?
Mine is like this:
Attachment 28498
Mine is smaller than that, and my card readers are on the front. What I was thinking about, and let me know your views, as I know they are varied opinions on the matter, but utilizing my slot with an SSD for the page file?
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18 Sep 2009   #15
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

I would say that the only reservation would be if the data trasnsfer rate of the PCMCIA was not faster than of the HDD itself, you could have worse performance than leaving the page file in the HDD (like it would if you were to use a USB drive for the page file, or even a SD card via the USB port). Now, as they specifically advertise that SSD for performance improvement, I believe the end result shuodl bring you advantages over the HDD solution. I have no experience with it, just my conclusion from reading the ad: "This allows you to access the data stored on your ExpressCard faster than accessing it from your hard disk drive."
Now, how much improvement you would have, I can't say.
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18 Sep 2009   #16
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I was just looking for prices for the Lexar 8GB, and the average price is about 35, which is ok so might get one and see. Have a look at expansys, and it's 90!
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18 Sep 2009   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I am not using it because for serious work, I mainly use my desktops and not the laptops. But I could see it to be useful for adding eSata capability.
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18 Sep 2009   #18
Bituser

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I have nothing in it. I can't find anything I want that will fit in it.
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18 Sep 2009   #19
FZ21Z

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fastboy42 View Post
I have nothing in it. I can't find anything I want that will fit in it.
Makes you wonder why the don't just utilize the space better, and just put two HDs in every laptop.
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18 Sep 2009   #20
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FZ21Z View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Indeed. Is that PCMCIA? Not a SD card reader?
Mine is like this:
Attachment 28498
Mine is smaller than that, and my card readers are on the front. What I was thinking about, and let me know your views, as I know they are varied opinions on the matter, but utilizing my slot with an SSD for the page file?
making it a paging disk/swap disk would not be a good thing...

the incredible number of writes would utterly destroy the ssd very quickly....
Mark Thompson (AnalogX) he killed his NVRAM chips in a hour of pagefile usuage...

Quote:
Steve: It does work. Mark Thompson, my buddy at AnalogX, years ago he was curious about whether non-volatile RAM really was hurt by writing. So he used a PCMCIA EEPROM, a non-volatile memory. And he set it up as a Windows swap drive.

Leo: Oh, boy.

Steve: Windows killed it in one hour.
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