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44-Pin Male IDE To SD Card Adapter
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Converts Secure Digital Card into IDE compatible hard drives.
Bootable solution for laptop computer .
Power from IDE interface .
You can install the OS onto the SD Card .
No hard disk noise from your workstation .
Compatible with MMC system specification 2.0 , SD Memory Card specification 1.0 , SDHC Memory Card .
Compatible with DOS, Linux, Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, XP and Vista .
Support PIO, Multi-Word DMA and Ultra DMA data transfer mode .
Top Customer Reviews
It works great. Bootable. Fast. Makes great SSD for older machines.
I recommend the SanDisk "ULTRA" series SD card for their speed and advanced "wear leveling", as the File Allocation Table area takes a lot of beating. The "Ultra" is the one with the lifetime warranty. While doing research on this, I had a lot of emailing to SanDisk over this issue. They do not want to get into the business of supporting their product used in this way, but they did share that their product could handle the FAT wear issue. They did not want to walk me through all the partitioning and formatting issues for retrofit to ancient hardware. I could certainly understand.
I do not mean to shill by outright recommending a vendor. I have - for a long time - been familiar with write endurance issues associated with EEPROM technologies. Knowing this limitation, I have been very cautious about designing EEPROM based technology into anything that requires substantial rewriting. I saw an ad announcing SanDisk's new ULTRA technology, and it kindled a volley of email between me and SanDisk. I know the intense rewriting that goes on in a computer disk memory, and did not want to needlessly fry EEPROM chips trying to use them this way. SanDisk tells me their new wear-leveling algorithms reroute heavily used areas in such a way as to evenly cycle all the memory cells of the device. When I look at the wear distributed across 8 gigabytes, well, I won't live long enough to wear it out. I do not know about others' technologies, but I do know if the File Allocation Table becomes corrupted, the rest of the memory becomes inaccessible, as the OS has no idea where the data is.Read more ›
It does not work with my ThinkPad X41t but does work with a Compaq TC1100.
This XHH sold brand is considerably slower than the counterpart having a Sintechi chipset. This one turned out pokey benchmarks.
9.3MB/sec on reads and writes.
The other brand using the Sintechi chipset:
21.3MB/sec on writes.
25.3MB/sec on reads.
Just keep in mind that the IDE interface is SLOW... don't blame the SD card.
(1) The male connector is not keyed. We took the pin-socket plug out of the USB adapter assembly, and the target laptop didn't care, however, you might need to snip a pin (carefully!) for this device to work with your intended hardware.
(2) The SD slot on the device is on the opposite side of the (3) led indicators (which are very useful indicators that the device is properly attached and functioning). The board is designed to be oriented so the status lights are up (visible for testing) in the average laptop disk orientation, so the card must be removed (from the disk drive connector) to change SD cards. Don't get this for a laptop application if you want to change SD cards frequently.
(3) There is absolutely no documentation provided, and none on the manufacturer/distributor's website either.
(1) It works for data storage with a USB2 connector. But it's relatively useless in that application, as commodity USB adapters are better and cheaper.Read more ›
I have a hard drive audio recorder that uses IDE drives and was looking to use SDHC cards as an alternative solution.
The device also did not work in an IDE to firewire adapter external drive as well.
I don't really have another device to test this in.
I put an SD card in the adapter and was able to install Arch using a live USB. The install worked, but grub would not load beyond the first line of text. Something like "GRUB loading". Same thing after zeroing out the drive and trying with syslinux. It said something like "SYSLINUX EDD" but went no further. No cursor, no boot: prompt. Nothing.
When I tried the exact same SD card in an SD card USB reader it booted with no issue.
So great idea, but it did not do what I needed. The description reads "With this adapter, the host PC will identify the inserted SD card as a standard IDE hard disk. As such, you can install any operating systems and the SD card will be bootable"
That was not so in my case.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
slow but fun to play with. maybe a faster SD card will speed it up.Published 2 months ago by A Hobbit in Denver
Was not recognized by my IBM Thinkpad X40 as a drive so it is worthless to me. The connector on the end could be a little more robust. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Cruizer Ed
Wanted to use an SD card in this device to make the sd card a bootable "hard drive" in a PC subjected to vibration. Needed no moving parts to fail. Wouldn't boot.Published on October 31, 2013 by 91XJ6
Works with kingston 4GB SDHC. Copied 3.6GB files to it and am able to use all of the files with no errors.Published on July 22, 2013 by NetHolio
It was difficult to figure the orientation for cables, but once I got everything connected correctly, the lights lit up and drive was recognized. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by R. Cheng
I bought this to replace a 2-1/2 inch hard disk.
The device is working fine with a 2 GB SD card. Read more