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SYBA SY-IDE2CF-NB25 Ultra IDE to Compact Flash Adapter
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Update 07/26/2011

This review is from: SYBA SY-IDE2CF-NB25 Ultra IDE to Compact Flash Adapter

Pros: Price
Still kickin' after 2.5 years

Cons: Pins were bent when I got it, had to straighten them when I installed it.

Other Thoughts: Just thought I would update my review from 1/29/2009. I still use my Acer Aspire at least weekly but it's getting a little long in the tooth.

OEM 4200 RPM disk took about 4.5 minutes to boot XP MCE with Acer bloatware.
This adapter with a 300x CF card took just shy of 1 minute to boot XP MCE optimized for fast booting.
This Adapter with 300x CF card takes 35 seconds flat to go from full off to searching google with Ubuntu 10.04 (including the time it takes me to enter my logon password)!

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SYBA SY-IDE2CF-NB25 Ultra IDE to Compact Flash Adapter
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Does What it Says 01/29/2009

This review is from: SYBA SY-IDE2CF-NB25 Ultra IDE to Compact Flash Adapter

Pros: Inexpensive
Works as advertised

Cons: Slightly bent pins, not a huge deal.

Other Thoughts: A few of the IDE pins were a little bent, made it slightly hard to install hence the 4 eggs instead of 5.

I paired this with a 16GB 300x Transcend card and used it to replace the OEM 4200 RPM HD in my ACER Aspire 5102.

I get 48.33MB/sec peak reads from that setup.

If I had it to do over I would use a 266x card to save some cash... Just a tip for those of you about to venture into the world of DIY SSD.

Also please disable prefetch and pagefile (virtual memory) if you intend to make a DIY SSD, it will make your CF Card live a MUCH longer life.

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Transcend 16GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model TS16GCF300
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Crazy Fast Random Reads
Low power consumption

Cons: EXPEN$IVE
Not as fast (linear read) as a 7200 RPM drive.
Will wear out MUCH faster than a "real" hard drive.
Buyer's Remorse (see end of review).

Other Thoughts: I got this as a HD replacement for my ACER Aspre 5102 laptop (4200 RPM HD).

Using nLite to do a fresh XP MCE install (no pagefile, no prefetch, reduced overall size to ~500 MB) and this CF card with SYBA CF to 44-pin IDE adapter (newegg item N82E16812186050) I have reduced my laptop boot time from 3 min 56 sec to an amazing 36 seconds!

RoadKil's Disk Speed reports 0.26ms access time, 48.33MB/sec peak read, avg. linear read of 30.03MB/sec, with an overall "Score" of 31,103.9

Compare that to my (freshly defragmented) OEM 4200 RPM drive results of 18.10ms access time, 33.02MB/sec peak read, avg. linear read of 21.15MB/sec, with an overall "Score" of 259.2

I guess if I had it to do over again I *might* consider a 5400 RPM HD with 10x the capacity for about half the price...or a 266x card...or a 300x card with lower capacity... I guess I have a little buyer's remorse but it's STRICTLY because of the price and slight lack of research on my part. I'm not deducting any eggs for tha

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Eric P.'s Profile

Display Name: Eric P.

Date Joined: 01/26/03

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/29/09
  • Last Review: 07/26/11
  • Most Favorable Review: 4 out of 5 eggs
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