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Syba SD-CF-IDE-A IDE to Compact Flash Adapter

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Part #: SD-CF-IDE-A

SKU: 33463
Shipping Weight: 0.5 lbs
Shipping estimate: $5.99*
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Experience: 7 Days


As advertised, it allows you to use a CF card as an IDE storage device with no moving parts.
The "optional" parts are NOT included, and AFIAK, they are NOT available for sale.
I purchased this in combinations with a 32GB CF card in the hopes of using the combination as a power efficient SSD in my subnotebook. Because the "optional" parts are not included, and do not appear to be available for sale, I have elected to return the unopened package.
For laptop use, you will probably want to find a 44pin adapter designed for direct insertion. This will likely be cheaper and perform better than any solution involving ribbon cables and an extra power connector. Newer laptops with only a SATA interface should use a dedicated SSD.
I do have experience with a 40 pin direct insertion adapter (with a similar board layout). That is why I am confident it will work well for those using a more common 40 pin connector. My 15MB/s CF card was able to read and write at that speed using the IDE adapter. Performance is not nearly as consistent using cheap multi-card readers. "This adapter does NOT support hot insertion of CF card."
If you are hoping to power it using pin 20 on a VIA EPIA series motherboard (claimed to be possible on the retail packaging, but not the specifications listed above), you are out of luck. Pin 20 is missing (as a 'key') to allow the insertion of an 80 wire cable.

Experience: 2 Months


excellent finish
it's the version with just one slot
remember to buy an adapter - this will fit in the place of a 2.5" hard disk. other than that (had to fiddle to make it fit into an HTPC housing) this is great value and a good way to recycle old compact flash (50MB are enough) as a Linux based media player

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Features [ Edit | History ]

  • The SD-CF-IDE-A is an adapter for connecting a compact flash memory card to a 3.5” IDE host interface, aiming at educational sectors, IT development, and the embedded technology enthusiast to enable the use of a compact flash card as an IDE hard drive. Support Ultra DMA mode.

  • Linux-based set-top boxes, routers, firewalls
    Diskless network clients
  • Industrial computers
  • Any other device requiring rugged solid-state storage

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

  • Supports Ultra DMA mode CF Card
  • Board size: 70mm x 63mm x 0.8mm (W, L, T)
  • On-board LED indicators for power-on and compact flash access
  • Voltage selection for +3.3V or +5V compact flash
  • Master or slave mode selection
  • Power input: +5V, floppy disk drive power connector
  • Fully compatible with Compact Flash Type I, Type II, and Micro-drive
  • 40-way (2.54mm) standard IDE connector
  • 44-way (2mm) laptop IDE connector (optional)
  • Mounting holes for rear bracket (optional)
  • This adapter does NOT support hot insertion of CF card
  • Connect 3.5" IDE & CF memory card

System Requirement
  • PC or Mac with one IDE connector
  • MS Windows, Mac OS, Linux operating system

  • IDE to Compact Flash Adapter
  • User manual

Part number
40-pin IDE
44-pin IDE
Mounting bracket

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44-pin 2.5" laptop IDE connector "optional"?? (nothingworks- Feb 02, 10, 0 Replies)
can I boot from this? (fraser_f- Nov 08, 09, 6 Replies)

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