[clug] Buying CF/IDE adaptor from e-bay store

Michael Cohen scudette at gmail.com
Sun Sep 14 07:05:19 GMT 2008

Hi Steve,
 I used such a beast in previous projects many years ago - I dont
recall it being too painful it just worked and I think it was on the
order of 15 bucks (i cant remember where I sourced it from).

A bit of advice though - it might be better running something like
voyage linux on such a thing as its optimised to run read only off the
card and basically designed to run in such a setup. I am running
Voyage linux on net5501 and Alix routers and its great (its a debian

At the last LCA there were some talks about voyage linux and some
falks were running multi hosted vmware servers on CF cards with voyage
linux. I asked them what the advantage of doing this was over say a
hard disk running ubuntu and they said that it was for reliability.
Basically even if all the hard disks fail the system would come up
(even if vmware itself couldnt start any of the hosted vms) and since
the CF was read only it would not wear and have a high level of
reliability. Once the system comes up they can ssh into it and do
something about it. So its great for machines which are remote and
absolutely must come up.


On Sun, Sep 14, 2008 at 12:29 PM, steve jenkin <sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au> wrote:
> My cousin in Brisbane wants to setup a system (Ubuntu server) using a
> 4Gb CF card in the IDE slot, and 2*SATA disks.
> He's found A Good Price for CF/3.5"IDE adaptors on e-bay (from Hong Kong
> - A$8 delivered) and asked me for any advice...
> >From an on-line Australian store, price is a lot more (A$46 + del?)
> Has anyone got firsthand experience of CF/IDE and/or e-bay cheapies?
> Any direct experience of friends doing this?
> Is there anything I should be warning my cousin to look out for, or
> questions he should be asking?
> steve
> I haven't been to the Saturday markets in aeons - does anyone sell these
> gizmos yet?
> [I think this is the store]
> <http://stores.ebay.com/Novas-store>
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