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StarTech IDE502CFE 1.8in 50 Pin IDE to Compact Flash Solid State Drive Enclosure Adapter
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: None

Cons: I have purchased 1.8in 50 Pin IDE to Compact Flash Solid State Drive Enclosure Adapter - IDE502CFE and SanDisk 32GB Extreme III Compact Flash Card. This sounded like an excellent alternative for my second failed Toshiba hard disk. The computer never recognized it as a hard disk. It would just lock up and wouldn’t even allow me to access BIOS setup. I tied another Compact Flash, this time 128 MB SanDisk and indeed it worked! Needless to say 128MB is not really an alternative for a hard drive. I contacted customer support and was told “It appears that you will not be able to use that card with our adapter. I'd recommend using a different card or having the adapter replaced.” I purchased Transcend Compact Flash 16GB 133x and others. Neither worked. I asked StarTech for a list of CF that were actually tested and work. This was over a week ago. After doing some needed testing for StarTech I’m stuck with $350 of useless hardware.

Other Thoughts: The product is worthless and the customer support utterly incompetent. Save your money and stay away from StarTech products.


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Display Name: Piotr L.

Date Joined: 09/17/04

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