IDE to Compact Flash CF Adapter, Direct Insertion
    Product # 2105
    IDE to Compact Flash CF Adapter, Direct Insertion
    Product # 2105
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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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