Use of compact flash

Lombard, David N david.n.lombard at
Tue Feb 17 16:36:00 CET 2004

Be aware, that there are some small "adapters" that allow you to plug
your CF onto an IDE cable; PC-CARD-to-CF adapters; and USB (and some
IDE) based devices that support CF and other memory devices.  The latter
two are hot-swap capable; AFAIK, the first type is not.

I have both a PC-CARD-based unit (a SanDisk "CompactFlash(tm) PC Card
Adapter") that I use in my laptop along with a USB-based built-in device
(fits into a 3.5" drive slot of my desktop) that supports the gamut of
memory devices.  I've had the PC CARD unit much longer as it was
supported in the 2.2 kernel.

I've heard direct reports of people that have fried bits of their
chipsets by just yanking a CF out of the IDE cable "adapter" type of
connector while the system was powered.

Bottom line, make sure you use know the operating characteristics of
your CF connection technology.

David N. Lombard
My comments represent my opinions, not those of Intel Corporation.

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