I have a 48GB WinTec filemate ExpressCard SSD which I'm not currently using for anything. My idea was that I would re-partition it with a 16GB partition for swap and virtual memory (I have 8GB of RAM), and the rest for either random files, or maybe stick a flavor of Linux on there.
I have some concerns about it though. The drive, while it is difficult to physically remove (you have to press really hard on that tiny 34 slot), it is still possible to remove it without ejecting the disk and powering off the slot. So if it does get accidentally removed while the system has swap/virtual memory on it, what would happen? Is there a way I could set it to switch to use another drive if the expresscard drive gets removed?
Another concern is speed. I normally run at the almost the full 8GB of RAM and usually go over for most the day since I am usually running vagrant, Chrome with lots of plugins, multiple monitors, AirMail, HipChat, Skype, Sublime with lots of plugins, iTunes, and other random applications. Since I am probably accessing swap frequently is this drive going to be too slow? I will post the screenshots of the speed tests I did below.
Express Card SSD: