- It is for 44pin 2.5" NB HDD Enable Compact Flash (CF) to be used like ordinary IDE hard drive Compatible with CF I/II, MicroDrive IDE interface Bootable Compatible with DOS, Windows 3.1, NT4, 98SE, M
functions in a Dell Inspiron 8600 05/06/2010
This review is from: SYBA SY-IDE2CF-NB25 Ultra IDE to Compact Flash Adapter
I actaully rate this adapter 5 stars based on electrical, features, and the IDE connector. I dropped the rating 1 star only based on a mechanical mounting issue specific to my laptop's requirements. See Cons for those details.
I used this adapter to replace the HDD drive in my laptop with a 32GB Wintec CF.
I had to add another adapter between this card and Dell's IDE edge connector socket. This 2nd adapter is a Dell PN 8267R IDE Interposer/Connector and plugs onto the CF adapter's IDE pins. To complete the installation just plug it into the laptop HDD Bay's IDE socket.
I would have given this adapter 5 stars except for the following, purely mechanical, issue.
This specifically has to do with mounting this adapter into Dell Inspiron 8600 HDD tray which is used to secure the IDE drive into the HDD Bay of this laptop. The hard disk screws into this tray from the sides of the 2.5" drive but this adapter only afford 2 bottom screw mount sockets.
The CF adapter mechanical mounting screw sockets are located such that I have to adjust how to mount this adapter card into the laptop's HDD adapter tray. I could use double sided sticky tape to fix in onto the tray OR drill to bottom holes in the tray and use 2 flathead screws to secure the CF adapter in the Dell HDD tray. Either approach is a bit tricky and untested by me so far but quite doable.
It would be nice if this CF adapter card came with 4 mounting screw sockets, instead of just 2, plus perpendicular brackets to be used to screw the CF adapter into a side-mount 2.5" HDD bay.
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