Joined on 05/28/02
Boots reliably in old and new PCs
Pros: Boots Linux/PE/DOS in both PATA and SATA Syba adapters in ALL the PCs I throw it at. My 300X Sandisk 4GB is faster, but doesn't boot in all of them despite Sandisk's reputation.
Cons: None. Cheap. Works. If it dies one day I'll buy another one, but since I use it for troubleshooting I don't want an expensive card.
Overall Review: Memory has an "infant mortality" rate. If you get a bad one just return it. If you want screaming fast CF cards for pro work, buy screaming fast CF cards for pro work. (They boot nicely too, but at that price point you can buy complete SSDs instead.)
Great, bought #3!
Pros: As I posted previously I would do, I gobbed one with 3M Marine adhesive and hung it out my shop wall off an extension cable. Don't bother with expensive outdoor gear. For cost plus a tube of sealant, this is the solution! Works perfectly, best wireless unit(s) I own. Just ordered another for my other outbuilding. Will buy more.
SATA/USB = troubleshooting weapon.
Pros: SATA plus USB means you can use USB to load Linux and WinPE by USB using a fast PC, then boot a CF card in this adapter in a PC you wish to troubleshoot. Booting as a "hard disk" is much faster and more reliable than USB boot, but since this device does BOTH it rocks! I loaded FalconFour's 4.5 multiboot CD to my CF card since it gives the choice of PE, Linux, DOS, and many other tools. I have both the SATA and notebook PATA versions of the Syba adapter and recommend them highly.
Cons: None for the SATA version! Clip the "extra" pin on the PATA version and it's fine too.
Overall Review: The CF card matters more than the adapter in terms of booting. All CF cards are not created equal. The card I get 100-percent good boots from in both SATA and PATA adapters on new and old PCs is a cheap Wintec 8GB from Newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161367
Pros: Testing this on more machines and with more CF cards, the CARD is more important than the adapter on older BIOS. Works great with a 300X 4GB card in my A31 Thinkpad, but only works with my Wintec 8GB in my old PII 300 Toughbook. When the 300X card does boot it's about a third faster, but the Wintec boots on everything I connect it to.
Cons: Since I had to enter something here: Take time to see what cards will work on your system and don't blame the adapter.
Overall Review: Bought the SATA version too. Works fine. Both will live in my portable troubleshooting kit. Load CF via USB on a fast computer, then hunt other PCs to boot....
CF card FIXED DISK tip.
Pros: THIS IS A TIP FOR BOOTING CF CARDS, NOT A REVIEW OF THIS ITEM. If you want Windows to see a CF card as a FIXED DISK, you either need cards designed to be seen as a fixed disk, or to use Sandisk cards and use their fixed disk utility atcfwchg.com or ndcfwchg.com. Google is your friend on this subject. Of course you can use Linux and not have a problem in the first place. Note that if you load grub to some CF cards which will not otherwise boot, they will boot. There are grub-loading utilities such as those included with FalconFour's awesome live CD which will do the job from CD. I loaded FalconFours multiboot CD to CF in the SYBA IDE adapter and got an instant multiboot system for my "test" PC. Use the grubutils included in the torrent download. Also note that Gparted and parted on Linux do a better job with CF cards than Disk Manager run from liveCD. I booted into RIP Linux from the FalconFour CD for that purpose. Have fun!
Cons: None yet.
Overall Review: I have the IDE version of this adapter and like it, so I'll buy this adapter too. Plastic case they share is plenty robust for the job.