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IDE to Compact Flash CF Adapter, Direct Insertion
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IDE to Compact Flash CF Adapter, Direct Insertion

The SB-ADIDE2CF-B1 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.

Plugs directly into IDE connector on the motherboard without an IDE cable
No external power needed when used on VIA’s EPIA series motherboard

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

Board size: 61mm x 52mm 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
This adapter does NOT support hot insertion of CF cards
UDMA compatible.

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

ADIDE2CF adapter
User manual

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8 Reviews

88.75% of the reviewers recommend this product


Just works

  • Michael Lorenz,
  •  Greeneville, TN 
  • 4/2/2012 9:14:22 PM

Pros: Gets the job done without cables all over the place

Cons: none, unless you need a slave on the same ATA channel

I got this to boot my Sun Blade 2500 from, so I could get rid of hot and noisy ( and lately, quite expensive ) SCSI disks. Unfortunately the Blade's firmware doesn't support any SATA controllers ( and good luck getting a SATA card with fcode ROM that works with Sun OpenFirmware which doesn't cost an arm, a leg and your firstborn son ). So in order to get an inexpensive, ROM-less PCI-X SATA card to work I needed something else to boot from and this little adaptor gets the job done beautifully.

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Worked on second build

  • Djearl81,
  •  St. LOUIS, MO 
  • 8/22/2011 8:10:51 AM

Pros: It worked in a freenas install on a Biostar A770E3 motherboard with the Transcend TS2GCF133 compact flash card.

Cons: Didn't work qith old gateway motherboard.

Product works as expected when paired with correct hardware.

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Didn't work for me.

  • Djearl81,
  •  St. LOUIS, MO 
  • 8/9/2011 6:32:10 AM

Pros: Really neat idea. Simple installation if you can get it to work. No moving parts so it reduces noise and heat. Also would free up a hard drive bay.

Cons: Just didn't work for me in my rig. The price is too low to RMA. I plan to hang on to it and try it in another build.

Didn't work with Gateway TBR2 450 PIII and compact flash card TS2GCF133. I think it's more the old mother board than anything. (Motherboard is DMA ) I tried it with FreeNas 7 and 8. Also tried Ubuntu Sefver 11.04 with no luck. I was able to boot each OS from a regular old hard drive. After few days of playing around with the jumpers on the adapter and the pc BIOS I just think they aren't compatible.

I gave it 4 out of 10 because I'm sure the adapter would work in a more up to date configuration.

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  • Kyle Kitzul,
  •  Regina, SK 
  • 8/13/2010 2:42:49 PM

Pros: Cheap
Worked great

Cons: None

It worked great. Installed an OS on the CF and every worked perfect.

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Great for building NAS Box

  • Anonymous,
  •  Garner, NC 
  • 7/28/2010 9:48:31 PM

Pros: The direct insertion boards make it easier for building a NAS box, Just plug it into the IDE
connector, attach power cable from floppy drive, insert pre-programmed compact flash card
and you are ready to boot..Uses very little power

Cons: None

I've been building NAS boxes and have used the direct insertion card in all of them. No need for any mounting hardware and the physical size of the card takes up very little space. Will continue to use this type of card for all my custom built NAS boxes

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