Category Archives: CompactFlash

CF/IDE/SCSI Benchmark Update

To see how the CF-to-IDE-to-SCSI solution really performs, I tried it in a slightly faster system. GA-586HX motherboard (Intel 430HX chipset), AMD K5-133 processor, and PCI SCSI HBAs. The first tested configuration was using a┬áTekram DC-390 HBA. Sysinfo showed 8.7 … Continue reading

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More Data on CF to IDE to SCSI

To get a better picture of the performance of the CF to IDE to SCSI solution, I moved the Adaptec 1542C into one of my favorite boards, the Alaris Cougar with a classic Intel 486 DX2 OverDrive CPU. For a … Continue reading

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Booting Is Hard

So I had this brilliant idea of using SCSI drives with old 286/386/486 boards which have old BIOSes that can’t handle IDE drives bigger than 500-ish megabytes.┬áThe SCSI HBA is the first one I happened to grab, an Adaptec 1542C … Continue reading

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More on CF Cards

This is a follow-up to an earlier post. Some interesting information turned up in reader comments and elsewhere. To recap, certain operating systems (notably Windows) behave unreasonably when using and especially when installed on CF drives that report themselves as … Continue reading

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Removable CF Card, or Not

This is from the “learn something new every day” category. I’ve been using CompactFlash cards together with IDE adapters for several years now. It’s a terrific way to manage storage for vintage PCs. CF cards are cheap, fast, (relatively) capacious, … Continue reading

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