- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.1 x 17.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 68 g
- Item model number: SY-IDE2CF-NB25
- ASIN: B001B19HGA
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Oct. 14 2010
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #581,317 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Syba SY-IDE2CF-NB25 Ultra IDE to Compact Flash Adapter for 44-pin 2.5-Inch HDD
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Enable Compact Flash (CF) to be used like ordinary IDE hard drive. Compatible with CF I/II, MicroDrive. IDE interface. Bootable. Compatible with DOS, Windows 3.1, NT4, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, Vista, Mac and Linux. Support DMA and Ultra DMA modes (only on flash media card with such features) CF Type II or MicroDrive can only be inserted into the CF1 position of the adapter. Media must be in the device during boot up. Media is not hot swappable.
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I bought this to use with a Kingston Elite Pro 8 GB 133x CompactFlash Memory Card CF/8GB-S2 to replace a failed original HD in a 1.2GHz G4 iBook. I tested the CF card alone and then in combination with the Syba adapter (using a bare-bones USB IDE adapter) before installing it in the iBook (a laborious process -- I highly recommend the ifixit website for instructions). The 10.4 install went fine and the iBook works again with the added benefit of being totally silent.
While this card has roughly the outline of a 2.5" disk, the provided mounting holes are completely unrelated to the mounting options for an actual disk. I actually had to install it with double-stick tape. The iBook's IDE cable extends to cover the master/slave jumpers on the drive, so the supplied jumper must be removed entirely. Performance is decent, but that's mostly a property of the CF card and not the adapter.
The one lingering problem with my iBook is that it can no longer resume from sleep. It wakes up fine, but it cannot access its disk (ie this adapter) and shortly freezes. I have since seen other adapters which specifically list "Automatic wake up from power-down on host reset" as a feature, so perhaps that would fix it. Even though it would be cheap to try another adapter, I'm not inclined to disassemble the iBook again!
Also PATA is not the same SATA or SATA II. Adjust your expectations accordingly.
CF cards come in a variety of speeds. And they are a poor substitute for PATA hard disks. This product will not improve laptop PATA performance (data bus is to narrow.) I purchased this to extend battery life and lower heat (mission accomplished). I also use one in my Creative Labs Nomad MP3 player making it shockproof.
Again, this is a circuit board. (There's even a picture that shows you this). There are other products that more closely match a 2.5" hard disk form factor if that's your requirement.
Syba Best Connectivity 2.5" IDE 44-pin to Dual Compact Flash Adapter
But if you're tied to PATA and are thinking SSD, just order the real thing.
KINGSPEC 1.8" IDE PATA SSD HARD DRIVE 32GB
If you have an actual desktop, a CF to SATA adapter is a better idea, even if you have to add a SATA HBA to the desktop (much much faster.)
Bootable Compact Flash CF I II to 2.5" inch SATA Converter Adapter
Knowing all of this, I am very pleased with the product especially considering price.
The pins on this thing are fragile so be careful! My laptop requires an adapter that connects to the 44 pins on the end of the PCB and while attaching it one of the pins got pushed in, breaking through the solder. I was able to push it back and it doesn't seem to affect anything, but I just wanted to give a heads up. For what it is and what it costs, I'm not going to knock it too much.
For those looking to use this as a boot device...I paired this up with a 16GB Kingston Ultimate 266x card and attempted to install Windows XP, which took several hours. I ran CrystalDiskMark and while it did fantastic overall, the 4k write speed was just pitiful. That card ended up dieing after just a couple days of use, and was replaced with a Sandisk Extreme 60 MB/s (400x). Twice the price but MUCH FASTER! Seems better than my old 7200rpm hard drive in every way. My old hard drive died, I don't need a ton of space (I have a file server to store all my data), was looking for something more quiet and possibly cooler, so this solution works well for me (for roughly the same cost as a new 2.5" 7200 RPM IDE hard drive). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this adapter (paired with a with a decent CF card) as a hard drive replacement if you are in a similar situation. Just do some research and keep an eye out for something with a decent 4k write speed (for reference, my Kingston card was ~.015 MB/s while the Sandisk was ~.77 MB/s, and while these speeds are not usually critical for cameras, for a boot device where you will be installing an OS/programs/etc it is very important!).
Edit: After aligning the partition (highly recommended for flash media when installing XP--Windows 7 should handle this by default) the 4k write speeds on my SanDisk card went up to 1.2 MB/s. However I realized that this card is seen as "Removable" and can't be used to install certain programs (i.e. MS Office). I tried another card (Transcend 400x) and it was the same problem (though according to Transcend spec it should operate in fixed disk mode). The slow Kingston card was seen as fixed so it's not a problem with the adapter. So while I was happy with the performance of this adapter paired with a decent card, I decided it wasn't worth the hassle of trying to find the right CF card and ditched this idea for a hard drive replacement. I'm not sure I'd recommend this method for others; it's an intriguing idea but I think I'd either stick to a good 7200 rpm drive, or find a true SSD drive (though there are not many in IDE form--and they are a bit expensive).
Cons: Must use laptop IDE cable or extra cost adapter if using in desktop machine. You will only get Ultra IDE xfer speeds w/ultra IDE (266X or Extreme IV) CF card AND ultra IDE - rated cable