QUOTE(wsuetholz @ Aug 8 2006, 06:24 AM)
DB, I am aware of what the board I used as an example is for... I've used something similar to hook up laptop drives to my desktop machine.
I was really focusing on the side labeled CF and wondering if the connecters were the same for the 1.8in drive and a CF HD card.
BarryW, in what way are they not compatible, the connectors look very similar from what pictures I've seen, and in looking inside my 3100. I haven't found a URL that gives the pinouts of the two connectors yet. Can somebody point me at the hardware specifications for the CF slots in the Z? Can they be used like IDE connectors where you can have a master and a slave device hooked off one connection? With the difference being a twist in the cable.
Not having seen a real CF card yet, or one of these 1.8in drives I don't know how the two devices compare size wise. I would assume that the CF drives are more square, and maybe thinner? I look at a 30gig iPod, and wonder because it's so tiny compared to the Z :-)
Go easy on me, I've never really payed attention to CF before.
Here's a pic of an iPod drive and a pcmcia card.
The connector looks like cf, but the card itself is the size of a pcmcia card. The iPod mini drive is the exact same size as a cf card, but is an ide card. It doesn't work as a cf card, I have two of them at home, the Z doesn't recognize them.
These aren't 1.8 inch drives though. The platters in microdrives are about 1 inch I believe. The 1.8 drives are about the size of the clamshell Zs, not quite as wide though. Cf doesn't do master/slave configurations.