works on a Dell Inspiron 8600 05/06/2010
This review is from: Wintec FileMate 32GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model 3FMCF32GBW-R
I replaced my laptop's internal HDD with this CF and the laptop runs winXP Pro using FAT32 format fine.
This CF drive runs on the laptop using UDMA 5 and is bootable, to run winXP.
I installed the CF into a SYBA SY-IDE2CF-NB25 adapter plus a Dell 8267R IDE Interposer Board/Connector to install the IDE adapter card into the laptop's IDE socket.
I turned off System Restore and set the Virtual Page File size to 0MB. I use Hibernation to bring down the system and for speeding up the power up boot.
HDTach 126.96.36.199 tests :
CF HDD Mode
75.4 87.5 MB/S Rd Burst
60.7 30.6 MB/S Rd Ave
.7 14.7 mS Random Access
HP Speed 188.8.131.52 tests :
CF HDD Mode
54-71.2 36 MB/S Rd
69.1 83 MB/S Rd Burst
33.3 27 MB/S Wr
21.2 45-60 MB/S Wr Burs
I love the CF drive. The only reason I'm listing cons is to be thorough about using a CF drive as the OS boot drive.
An internal winXP CF is NOT the place to install major updates (eg. Windows Updates) because it takes too long and appears to slow down the CF performance. I use a HDD to install major updates, image it, then restore the image to the CF to prevent this slow down.
I also ran into performance issues after installing the OS onto the CF, when it was NTFS, then using Partition Magic to convert the OS partition to FAT32. I stopped the partition conversion after the first few hours to prevent damaging or wearing out of the CF drive. Using a HDD and getting a FAT32 OS image to restore on the CF worked cleanly as an alternative.
The CF performance when I used it in NTFS format was also slower than desired (plus the winXP NTFS journaling writes would be undesirable on a CF).
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