QUOTE(Da_Blitz @ Sep 21 2005, 11:57 AM)
however you cant plug an IDE hard drive into the CF socket, even with an adaptor
What pins differ between a CF card in 'CF mode' and one in 'IDE' mode?
I know there are adapters that connect IDE drives to PCMCIA, and people have used them with Cf to PCMCIA adapter on Windows CE 3/Pocket PC 2002 devices with a special driver (an extension of the built-in 'ATADISK' driver). Some people on this forum were talking about the possibility of using an IDE disk via the CF slot in a Z, with the main hurdle in thier logic being the driver and power.
QUOTE(Smuffle @ Sep 20 2005, 06:14 PM)
Interestinger and interestinger. So it begs the obvious question why can't these cards be bought in CF format? something smells fishy.
The fact that 1.8" drives are bigger than CF cards. There are two types of 1.8" drives. One, like in the larger iPod, looks like a PCCard but has a different interface, which is unique to it. The second looks like a laptop drive cut in half (across width) and uses 44-pin IDE, like laptop drives.
Now what was really fishy, and I'm not sure how true this is now, but you could buy a 4GB MP3 player that used a standard CF microdrive inside for less than you could buy a 2GB CF microdrive by itself.