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SYBA SD-CF-IDE-BR IDE to Compact Flash Adapter (Bracket Version)

  • This adapter connects a compact flash memory card to a 3.5” IDE host interface. Aiming at educational sectors, IT development, and the embedded technology enthusiast to enable the use of a compact fla
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Learn more about the Syba SD-CF-IDE-BR

Model

Brand
SYBA
Model
SD-CF-IDE-BR

Spec

Type
IDE to Compact Flash
Specifications
This adapter connects a compact flash memory card to a 3.5” IDE host interface. Aiming at educational sectors, IT development, and the embedded technology enthusiast to enable the use of a compact flash card as an IDE hard drive.

Features

Features
-- Ideal for applications, such as Linux-based set-top boxes (routers, firewalls), diskless network clients, industrial computers, and any other device requiring rugged solid-state storage.
-- Board size: 70mm x 63mm x 0.8mm (W, L, T).
-- On-board LED indicators for power-on and compact flash access.
-- Voltage selection for +3.3V or +5V compact flash.
-- Master or Slave mode selection.
-- Power input: +5V, FDD power connector.
-- Fully compatible with Compact Flash Type I, Type II, and Micro-drive.
-- 40-way (2.54mm) standard IDE connector.
-- This adapter does NOT support hot insertion of CF cards.
-- Support Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP Operating System

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 3/1/2012 7:10:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Satisfied

Pros: Silent, cool and energy efficient alternative to HDD. The BIOS recognized the CF card as a hard drive and works great. Easy to install and external access to the CF card.

Cons: Slow boot time, which another reviewer suggested may be caused by the system timing out on DMA. The system seems to perform great once it's fully booted. LED indicators are not visible from outside the case.

Other Thoughts: I used a Team 4GB CF card (Model TG004G2NCFJX) to make an Untangle server from a P4 2.4GHz Acer PC. Overall very satisfied and will be purchasing more soon.

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  • MARK J.
  • 11/19/2011 6:39:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as advertised

Pros: Works as advertised in a Linux (CentOS 5) box.

Cons: None.

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  • Cody w.
  • 9/8/2011 7:16:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDOES SUPPORT UDMA!

Pros: I have gotten this for my DOS machines, and the install was quite easy. The autodetect in the BIOS recognized it as a harddrive right away! Using a 2GB Trascend CF card in it now.

I had to run FDISK /MBR command to get the Master Boot Record in place, since I didn't use FDISK to repartition it. Therefore it wouldn't boot due to missing MBR.

Once that was in place, it works great!

Cons: People who complain about it not supporting Ultra DMA when it clearly does, provided you have a Compact Flash card that does.

As for the Product itself, there are no cons.

Other Thoughts: This device is my choice for perfect harddrive replacement on any of my older gaming machines that need 10GB or less space. DOS to Windows 98SE.

This Adapter in particular is very nice, as I can simply power down the machine, remove the CF card and stick it in a memory card reader to add any drivers/software that won't fit on a floppy disk or a machine that has no USB ports at all.

I feel this is a great product and I will be buying more.

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  • Richard C.
  • 3/3/2010 12:03:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't work for me

Pros: Would be nice to be able to mount the device in the case

Cons: First I have 2 of these units and both behave the same way. The drive shows up when the system boots up but once you try to access it (Install/Boot OS) the green activity light stays on and the device can't be read. I have tried many different cables and CF cards. However

Other Thoughts: I have another SYBA SD-CF-IDE-DI and it works just fine with all my CF cards. I have studied both devices carefully and can't seem to find much difference between the two other than the form factor. I would just use the SD-CF-IDE-DI but it has a hardwired male IDE connector. So it stick up to far for my 1U case. Guess I will be ordering an IDE Extension/Gender changer.

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  • William W.
  • 10/23/2009 8:54:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFine adapter - if you have problems, it's your IDE chipset or CF card...

Pros: This Syba adapter is well made and the inclusion of a slot bracket is nice. The jumpers are easy to use and the LEDs provide a clear indication of what is going on when you need to know.

For anyone who is wondering whether or not this adapter supports DMA operation, it does if your CF card does. Cheap CF cards do not. A review of the pinouts for both connectors and testing with an ohmmeter confirms that DMA read, write and request are hooked up.

In any case, this adater is completely passive and makes no "decision" on what your CF card can do when placed into the slot.

I bought this along with a CF card from Newegg to use it as a startup device in a FreeNAS system. It did not work for that purpose (see explanation below under "other thoughts") but is working fine on another motherboard that I will be building into another FreeNAS system.

Cons: The power connector is a little awkwardly situated. It would have been nicer if the card was a little taller so that the PATA and power connections could be next to one another facing backwards.

It would also be nice if this adapter had a jumper and logic to force a CF card into conventional ATA mode by momentarily grounding pin 9 at power on.

Hot swap might be nice for "card reader" applications but isn't needed for most users who will start their computer up from a card inserted in this adapter.

Other Thoughts: If you have problems with this adapter, it is very likely that you are having problems with your motherboard's or IDE contoller's chipset.

All CompactFlash cards have multiple operating modes, and most default to operating as a PCMCIA ATA device, which is close to but not the same as conventional parallel ATA protocol. Some IDE controllers and operating systems have problems with this--I had no end of trouble with an old Intel 440FX/PIIX3 and FreeNAS. A newer motherboard with an SiS chipset worked fine.

The mode of operation for the card can be changed by momentarily grounding pin 9 or by using software to configure the card. Unfortunately, no CF card maker that I could find will provide such configuration software. However, my testing showed that changing the card's mode temporarily did resolve the problems with balky IDE controllers and software.

Doing that is risky and has to be done at every power on, however.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/27/2009 10:03:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -

Cons: Had to remove a pin, which I understood before I purchased it. Removing the pin made it so I cannot return it, as this does not work the way I had intended it too.

Other Thoughts: I gave it 3 stars because I'm sure it actually works, just didn't work the way I needed it to work.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for purchasing our products. If the 20th pin on the IDE connector is blocked, you can just poke a small hole on the connector instead of removing the pin on the adapter. All of our products come with at least 3 years warranty. Please don't hesitate to contact us at support-us@syba.com if you have any problem or question.

Regards,
Syba Customer Service 821

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/5/2009 7:28:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsbe careful with this one

Pros: Once modified it works to my expectations.

Cons: maybe this is just on the one I had but the IDE connector did not have thepin missing so I could connect the IDE cable. All of the IDE cables had a blank in them arround pin 20 ( I am guessing for a reference on how to plug it in) The connector on this item has all 40 pins in it. I had to use a wire cutter to clip off the extra pin. *** Make sure you clip the right pin. Other than this extra step for me this worked to my expectations.

Other Thoughts: Giving 3 stars since I had to do some mods to this that should have been done at the factory.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer, the 20th pin on the IDE connector is designed for some embedded motherboard to power the device through IDE connector. If your IDE cable is blocked off on the 20th pin, you can remove the blockage on the IDE cable or remove the 20th pin. All of our products come with at least 3 years warranty. Please don't hesitate to contact us at support-us@syba.com if you have any problem or question.

Regards,
Syba Customer Service

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  • Serguei P.
  • 1/3/2009 2:25:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsA disaster waiting to happen

Pros: None.

Cons: The P-ATA IDE connector has the key pin installed - so the modern 80-conductor ribbon cables won't work. You will need to find an old 40-conductor cable (not so easy these days). My card came set up for 3.3V CF supply voltage (JP2 in the 2-3 position). Bad idea - in this setting, the card shorts the +12V from the floppy connector to the P-ATA signal cable, driving motherboard voltages off-spec and causing system instability.
The adapter seems to work with 5.0V CF supply voltage, but I won't be using it anyway - given the trouble I had with it so far, it will likely cause other problems.

Other Thoughts: This device is a textbook example of bad design. Stay away from it.

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  • Graham R.
  • 12/19/2008 10:29:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for /boot and older BIOS

Pros: It works; I've got an older BIOS and a low-end SATA card that doesn't support boot. So putting /boot on an old 256MB CF card solves that problem without taking up the space and power of running an old IDE drive. (And it gives a 256MB regular-speed card I bought but never really used ('cause I got Ultra II cards shortly after) something to do.)

Cons: As others have pointed out, the LEDs are not visible outside the enclosure, and UDMA mode does not appear to be supported.

Also, I find the CF slot is very close to the edge of the slot cut-out on my case; since it doesn't have to line up with a PCI slot, I figure they could have just centred it.

Other Thoughts: Fedora 10 seems to think my SATA card will have (hd0) and (hd1) on it, which resulted in a boot hang. Of course, I first blamed the CF card, then the adapter... when I was patching to boot configuration into a scrap IDE hard disk, I realized the problem was grub had been told the drive was (hd2) and not (hd0).

So, anyone looking to use this so they can have Fancy New Drives on an older BIOS, or Fancy New Partitioning Tables, or are just tired of a non-LVM chunk taken out of at least one disk... double-check grub really has been configured to use (hd0) (typically on-board primary/master IDE).

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  • MELISSA C.
  • 7/6/2008 6:42:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGet newer model instead

Pros: The bracket is great -- having access to the CF card without opening
the chassis is a huge plus.

Cons: This model doesn't do DMA, and Syba has other offerings that NewEgg carries that support "ultra" DMA (sadly, without brackets).

Other Thoughts: I bought one of each, and put the ultra version on the bracket.

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