Works with *some* cards + hard to troubleshoot 01/05/2011
This review is from: SYBA SY-IDE2CF-NB25 Ultra IDE to Compact Flash Adapter
Can be fast.
Works with some cards.
Can be slow.
Doesn't work with some cards.
The bottom line is that this thing may work great for you, but if it has problems good luck with troubleshooting.
I tried this thing first with a Delkin 450x CF II card and I was able to install Windows XP in 4 freaking hours. After rebooting, it took about 4 seconds to get to the welcome screen (!) but it got stuck on the welcome screen for 10 seconds, and it takes forever to run any programs. I ran Crystal Mark Info and I get read speeds between 4 and 70 MB/s and writes between 0.1 and 30 MB/s, which pretty much sums up the experience.
So I tried SanDisk Ultra II 15 MB/s and it was actually installing Windows a little faster, until my system didn't recognize it as bootable disk (i.e. the CD installer copies files to it, but after the first reboot it won't boot from the drive).
So the adapter could actually be perfectly fine, but good luck trying to figure out what the problem is if you run into one.
Thank you for purchasing our Syba products. We are sorry to hear that the product has stopped functioning as it should be. Please refer to our reviews. We have good reviews for this product. I am sorry for the inconvenience but I believe our product does not support the CF card you were using the first time.I would like to point out that we can also issue RMA returns. We always try to provide the most reliable products to our customers and all products come with at least 3-year warranty. So please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for replacement or question.
Regards, Syba Customer Service KN 011111
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