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SYBA SD-CF-2IDE-U Dual Ultra IDE to Compact Flash Adapter

  • This adapter connects ONE Compact Flash memory card (CF Card) to an IDE host interface (40 or 44 pin). Aiming at educational sectors, IT development, and the embedded technology enthusiast to enable t
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Brand
SYBA
Model
SD-CF-2IDE-U

Spec

Type
IDE to Compact Flash
Specifications
This adapter connects ONE Compact Flash memory card (CF Card) to an IDE host interface (40 or 44 pin). 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.
Compact Flash disks offer the benefit of low power consumption, low operating temperature, no acoustic noise, shock resistance, and fast read access time.
This adapter supports Ultra DMA mode CF Card. It is transparent to the operating system and does not require any drivers. With this adapter, the host PC will identify the inserted CF Card as a standard IDE hard disk (i.e. with cylinders, heads and sectors). As such, you can install any operating systems and the CF Card will be bootable. Due to this, the CF Card in not hot swappable. Applications: Linux-based set-top boxes, routers, firewalls; diskless network clients; industrial computers; and any other device requiring rugged solid-state storage.
Fully compatible with Compact Flash Type I, Type II, and Micro-drive.
Support Ultra DMA mode CF Card.
Dual CF Card sockets.
LED indicators: Power, Card Detect, Read/Write Activity.
40-way (2.54mm) standard IDE connector.-- 44-way (2.0mm) Small Form Factor (SFF) IDE connector.
Master or Slave mode selection by jumper setting.
Support +3.3V and +5.0V CF Card by jumper setting.
Power input option: +5.0V supplied from the floppy disk drive power connector, 44-way SFF IDE connector, or from the 20th pin of the 40-way IDE connector when used on VIA EPIA series embedded motherboard.
Board size: 70mm x 63mm x 13mm (WxLxT)
This adapter does NOT support hot insertion of CF cards.
Support Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista Operating System

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  • Daniel F.
  • 4/12/2014 9:08:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExtra SATA3 Ports

Pros: This is my second identical card i've added to my FreeNAS server for additional ports. I can connect 16 SATA3 hard drives now although I only need 12 total. Spread out 2 drives on each of these cards to increase performance.

Cons: Supported in FreeNAS 9.1.1 and above.

Other Thoughts: These cards are small and don't block too much airflow.

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  • Michael R.
  • 12/31/2010 10:58:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Card - Get Bracket or make one.

Pros: I Use this device to boot EXSi on Cf card. Works great. Jumpers left in default config, plugged in floppy power connector, modded old nic bracket and installed card. (80x lexar 2gig)
Booted to cd, installed ESXi 4.1. Works great with no problems.

Cons: This item really should ship with a bracket. (minus one egg)
I took the bracket off an old nic card, put it on the grinding wheel and made one. I have it mounted in the utility slot on the HAF 922.

Other Thoughts: This device makes good use out of an old CF card. Its nice to be able to re-purpose some of my old gear.

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  • Agenor N.
  • 11/11/2010 4:32:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorked Great

Pros: Worked Just as expected. Used to boot FreeNAS from 4GB CF card on an Intel NAS server. It has been doing iSCSI backups from our SBS Server without problem.

Cons: None

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  • Aaron B.
  • 10/30/2010 4:11:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt works.. better than USB for booting!

Pros: Using as a boot disk for FreeNAS is great!

Cons: Easy to short out.. Oops! I originally had one of these secure to a spare motherboard standoff and worked great. I put in a new motherboard and just used the IDE ribbon cable to shield it. Well, I moved it while the system was on. Once the smoke comes out, you can't put it back in!

Other Thoughts: These are a simple passthrough device. If your CF doesn't support higher ATA modes and DMA, it won't be supported.

My old MoBo would only support USB1.1 until the OS loads USB2.0 drivers so it took 5+ minutes to boot! This basically gives you a cheap SSD to boot from using much more reliable and universal ATA compared poor or random support of USB for boot devices.

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  • Desmond H.
  • 8/5/2010 10:48:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks

Pros: It works. Like someone else, I am using this as the system disk for a FreeNAS setup. No hassles, plug it in and go.

Cons: No mounting bracket. This is annoying. I ended up using a motherboard standoff to mount it. Would have gladly paid a touch extra for a bracket.

Other Thoughts: Using a 2gb Sandisk Ultra II CF card.

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  • Travis P.
  • 2/12/2010 2:20:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: No problems installing FreeNAS using this and an extra 1GB CF card I had laying around.

Cons: Since card attaches to an IDE cable, make sure that you have somewhere in your case to secure it.

Other Thoughts: Used to help minimize the power consumption of a DIY FreeNAS server. Make sure that whatever you install on the drive doesn't constantly write to the disk.

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  • Michael G.
  • 1/6/2010 6:48:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat adapter

Pros: Device is working as advertised and boots Windows 7 embedded in under 10 Seconds. I had the Sata II version of this device and it kept blue screening my computer when I tried to boot from it. This one works flawlessly. Both device boot FreeNAS perfectly.

Cons: Doesn't come with bracket but if you google SYBA B to B you can buy a bracket, however the shipping will cost you more than the bracket so then you have to try to find something else to buy to make it worth while.

Other Thoughts: I am giving this device five stars because it is very fast when paired with the right CF and allows me to boot Windows 7 embedded.

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  • David L.
  • 12/28/2009 1:06:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking fine

Pros: Using it with compact flash card to boot an Unraid server. It's mounted in a Shuttle SV25 case. Working great and would buy again. Plugs into std IDE cable using the master channel. No configuration required.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I wrapped it in a bit of anti-static plastic that a hard drive came in because it's just a circuit board that hangs loose in my case.

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  • David L.
  • 12/28/2009 1:01:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking for me

Pros: Simple to use. Connect to IDE cable master channel. I'd buy again.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Since it just hangs loose in my case I wrapped it in some anti-static plastic that a hard came in so that it wouldn't accidently short out something on the back of the circuit board.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/20/2009 7:27:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for booting Linux

Pros: I'm using this with an 8GB CF card from RiData (the Lightening series one). I had no issues at all with configuration or setup - it all just worked.

Since my CF card shipped later, I tried it with an old 1GB Lexar 80x card I had sitting around. That didn't work well. The OS would start to install and fail in the middle indicating a write failure. I waited nervously for my RiData card to show up. Once I popped that card in, it worked like a champ!!!

The takeaway from this is that the CF card plays the pivotal role. If you have this adapter and are having trouble, consider another CF card - it's likely the problem.

Cons: With no mounting bracket, it's hard to secure it in the machine.

Other Thoughts: To overcome the mounting issue, I wrapped it in the IDE ribbon cable and used a velcro strap to secure it against some power cables. As long as you secure it that it won't swing into metal and short out, you are good to go.

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