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I want to upgrade a Toughbook CF 18 with two pcimcia card

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Hi I want to upgrade a Toughbook CF 18 with two pcimcia card slots. Can I add more memory or RAM using them?
JA: What's the make/model of your device? How old is it?
Customer: Panasonic CF 18KHH22BA is the model variant number . The year> I don't know
JA: How long has this been going on? What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: There is nothing wrong with it. I just want to tweak it's performance a little.
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Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Consumer Electronics
Expert:  Russell H. replied 11 months ago.

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In the strict sense, one cannot add RAM using a PC card.

In the general sense of 'accessible file storage space', one can.

If there were a PC Card hard disk, one could perhaps add file storage space that way. (I am not sure there is such a thing.)

There are PC Card adapters for memory cards: for instance, for CF cards.

And there are PC Cards which themselves are storage devices with memory space:

Supposedly one can add more working memory for Windows using a USB flash drive. When I have seen this tried, though, the improvement was not noticeable, simply because the access speed for such 'memory' is much slower.