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This review is from: SYBA SY-IDE2CF-NB25 Ultra IDE to Compact Flash Adapter
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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.
This review is from: Wintec FileMate 32GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model 3FMCF32GBW-R
Pros: 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 22.214.171.124 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 126.96.36.199 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
Cons: 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).