usb stick or memory card as primary harddrive

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Fonz, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Fonz

    Fonz Guest

    I'm designing a UAV (unmanned auto..vehicle (Aircraft)) and want to put a
    small form factor motherboard onboard as controller. With this sort of
    thing weight is always a factor, so I want to shed it. The power supply is
    gone and will be replaced with an onboard alternator with regulator to power
    the computer, servos, receiver, GPS and telemetry.
    BUT.
    A hard drive weighs heaps, and is succeptible to vibration, and worse, big
    bump bad landings.
    Is is possible to use memmory cards or usb sticks as the primary, is suppose
    'C' drive, and another replaceable for the user defined info, 'D' drive, and
    get rid of hard drives altogether? I've seen USB up to 5GB, and memory cards
    to 4GB.
    Many thanks in advance,
    Rob.
     
    Fonz, Oct 25, 2006
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  2. Fonz

    Baron Guest

    Fonz wrote:

    > I'm designing a UAV (unmanned auto..vehicle (Aircraft)) and want to
    > put a
    > small form factor motherboard onboard as controller. With this sort
    > of
    > thing weight is always a factor, so I want to shed it. The power
    > supply is gone and will be replaced with an onboard alternator with
    > regulator to power the computer, servos, receiver, GPS and telemetry.
    > BUT.
    > A hard drive weighs heaps, and is succeptible to vibration, and worse,
    > big bump bad landings.
    > Is is possible to use memmory cards or usb sticks as the primary, is
    > suppose 'C' drive, and another replaceable for the user defined info,
    > 'D' drive, and get rid of hard drives altogether? I've seen USB up to
    > 5GB, and memory cards to 4GB.
    > Many thanks in advance,
    > Rob.


    Yes ! You can do this quite easily ! The board must be able to boot
    from the device used. Ie USB or floppy adaptor etc.

    There is a very small form board, about 3" x 4" with a card slot that
    does this. Can't remember the manufacturer of the top of my head !
    HTH.
     
    Baron, Oct 25, 2006
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