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Old 18th September, 2015, 11:45 PM
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Wink Change old low HDD to a CF card?

Segate 13G ST313021A on Pentium 90 @ 125MHz:

http://s13.postimg.org/n5y9xs7av/13_G_Seagate_P90.png

Average - 6.4MB/sec - now this is SPEEED!

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I wonder, if anyone have in operation slower HDD

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Therefore I wonder, if someone have a experience with replacing such SLOOOW HDDs with PATA to CF adapter and CF card(s)? The latest models promise very fast speeds - 160MB/sec is quite above PATA possibilities:

http://s29.postimg.org/f9nkz1gav/San...RO_32_G_CF.jpg
SanDIsk Extreme PRO 32G CF card

...and since the adapters are just wires, connecting the CF card to PATA interface (CF cards work on same PATA interface!) and only in best cases, you can choose the voltage (3.3V or 5V) and you get the power and activity lights:

http://s21.postimg.org/yiqzxdh5j/De_..._reduction.jpg
DeLock 91620 PATA to CF

...then there should not be any problem of using CF cards as old PATA HDD replacement(s). Only problem I hear, that there should be changed bit on the card somewhere, that change the device type from removable to fixed. Then it should act as normal HardDriveDevice.

But maybe I missed something...? Do anyone have experience with this? Could someone share tips, software for the change (from removable to fixed) and experience in general?
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I haven't tried this, but in theory it can work. I've not heard about the software change for the drive; it really depends on how the OS identifies the drive I would think.
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I don't know, but it sounds a little too good to be true. But I'm prejudiced against Sandisk, tbh. I find their Flash thumb drives to be too much of APITA.
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Old 19th September, 2015, 10:44 AM
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CF as boot drive

FWIW I've done this with a StarTech adapter and Kingston CF.

Boots very fast and useful if you find PATA drives difficult and expensive to get hold of.

Sadly the Star Tech adapter won't fit in a laptop style hard drive caddy
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