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What to do with old CF cards

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by OzRay, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    I've got a bunch of 8GB CF memory cards that get no use whatsoever and I thought that I could possibly use them as a kind of SSD with a suitable multi-card adapter. Unfortunately, after a lot of searching the only reference to such dated back to 2007 and there was nothing that I could currently find anywhere that would take multiple CF cards, and which could be installed in a PC slot. Has anyone ever come across anything that would make multiple CF cards useful?
  2. pellicle

    pellicle Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    Killarney, OzTrailEYa
    Not even fast really by ssd standards.

    I still have my early 32Meg cards :-(
  3. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    I reformatted all of mine and gave them away to students some time ago, I loathed using CF cards because I was always worried about bending or breaking pins... horrible design.

    I used SD cards in a SD->CF adapter for a long time, it was slower but it gave me some peace of mind that was worth the trade off (Olympus bodies are generally pretty generous with their buffers anyway so it's not a huge problem).
  4. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    Yeah, my thought is to give them away to those who still use them for whatever. I can't think of another use for them.
  5. Jfrader

    Jfrader Guest

    Add string and a few artfully placed holes to make a colorful mobile for the baby's crib? Did that with some old CD-Rs that had no further use.
  6. OzRay

    OzRay Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 29, 2010
    South Gippsland, Australia
    Ray, not Oz
    It's sad really, I still have an 8MB CF card from the very early days (I did have a 2MB one somewhere) and if Olympus had used SD cards when they introduced the E-1, I'd still have usable memory. Maybe I should turn them into some form of technology artwork.
  7. faithblinded

    faithblinded Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 25, 2014
    Cleveland, OH
    You could turn them into retro game cartridges. Just install your favorite dos game or emulator+games, and make a fun label for it. There are even some autoloaders with frontends that are built to launch emulators and games, for just this type of thing.

    I'll take Oregon Trail, Lode Runner, and A Bard's Tale, all games I played on an Apple II back when the screens were monochrome green. You have died of dysentery.
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