I'm tentatively looking at solid-state alternatives to laptop hard drives, and wondering what is available in that arena. Inexpensive options are obviously preferable, but not if they mean I'll have to buy another in a year...
What I've found so far:
- Small SSDs. I don't need more than ~32 GB of storage space, especially if I put Linux on it (which I probably would), so small makes sense. These are still relatively expensive though.
- CF card to SATA adapters. These are cheap and apparently fast, but CF cards themselves seem somewhat expensive, about twice as much as SD/MicroSD cards.
- SD card to SATA adapters. These are cheap, and so are SD cards, but they don't look very fast...
The other possibility would be putting my system on a large USB stick (and possibly removing the hard drive to improve battery life). That would be cheap and easy. It would probably get very slow under I/O load though, USB 2 bandwidth is not impressive.
Which of these options seems most sensible, from a standpoint of reducing power consumption and improving desktop performance under normal loads, without busting my wallet?