ide compact flash

Whenever I hold a tiny CF card in the palm of my hand, I cannot but think of magic. It is hard to believe this miniscule amount of matter contains all my data, files, bookmarks, many pictures, ect..and, on top of that, houses all programs and a complete operating system! For me it works really well as a hard disk replacement. It consumes next to no power. It is totally silent. Well, not always, some cards can be faintly heard, when they're reading/writing, if you listen close enough in a silent room.

ide to compact flash adaptor

I installed the adaptor hidden inside the box, like a hard disk drive. It is fastened to the case with a piece of velcro. I had to glue some wood to the side of the CF adaptor, to hold it at a slight angle away from the side of the box. Otherwise, closing the box would have pushed the adaptor's eject button!

From the adaptor a flat ribbon cable runs to an ide channel nearby. I tried all sorts of origami, but the cable simply refused to withdraw into the cranny I had reserved for it. Those cables are simply too long for mini computers and have three plugs, one too much! Then I remembered an idea from Stephen Watsky, the founder of Beatrix Linux (now BeafanatiX): just cut off the long end of the flat cable with a pair of I did and I ended up with two plugs on just enough cable. Perfect!

The CF adaptor was designed to be accessible from the outside of the computer, its eject button and card opening protruding through the case. In hindsight, that might have been a better placement, as it allows changing cards without opening the case. On the other hand, this is a sure recipe for disaster, as CF cards on ide can not be hot-swapped. They could easily be damaged or destroyed, if ejected before shutting off the computer..


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