This is a plan for such a thing that I made up, but I did not try it out actually.
The best alternative that I could come up with up to now is to combine:
- 1 piece of Addonics Dual CF – SATA HDD Adapter (part number AD2SAHDCF, price ca. 40 USD)
- 2 pieces of Photofast CR-7200 CompactFlash Adapter
- 8 pieces of 16 GiB microSD cards (maybe the new 32 GiB ones work, too?)
Variations of this:
- Instead of the Addonics device, there is also the “DIY SSD SATA array” which can accomodate even 4 CF cards, allowing redundant RAID5. It is unclear where to buy this, though.
- If you are crazy, you could even add a third level of RAID to the system by combining four of these SATA disks (as proposed above) into one Compact RAID tower.
And as an alternative design, one could use the 10-port USB hub with flash drive RAID combined with very small USB flash drives, of the type that protrude only ca. 5 mm out of teh USB port.
For more discussions about this interesting topic, see these links:
- forum.eeeuser.com: “”Micro SD” upgrade for the Eee Pc, the 2cm sized drives pack 8 gig :-)”
- The Thumb Drive RAID Experiment
- Howto: Boot Linux with a USB Flash Drive Raid as the RootFS
- 6x USB Flash Drive Raid (note: this contains highly interesting benchmarking data)
- SD, SDHC, SDXC card PCI-Express RAID controller Does it exist?