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    there's an Extreme IV now, with 40MB rate!

    I need to clock my converter to see what it's really giving. I didn't get any info when I bought it.

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    Figured I'd throw in my 2 cents. I have an 800mb SS IDE drive with an nLited version of XP on it along with EWF. It seemed to boot a little slower in my system than the same setup from my 40gig seagate. I set it to come out of hibernation on every boot, and it would take about 20 seconds or so. Same thing from my seagate took about 8 seconds.

    P.S. Anybody want to buy an 800mb SS Simpletech drive? It's a 2.5" version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6 View Post
    Very good information! I actually didn't even realize that there were new cards out...when I bought my digital rebel a few years ago, the ULTRA II was the fastest avaliable at the time.

    Also, thanks for the info on the converter. What's a good transmission rate to look for?
    Looking at CF - IDE converters now looks like they all are capable of high speeds as they don't make mention in tech specs. I know that SFortiro, a member here a while back tested a few and found some to be slower than others.

    I'd actually be tempted to try the Extreme IV CF card at twice the throughput as my current extreme III, I'd be curious to see if that improves boot speed. I'd also be curious to see if the Extreme IV can be set to fixed disk, if so this might be a winner...
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    I suppose that there's really no way to find out if htey can be set to fixed disk without just purchasing it and trying it out?
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    I'm running a 512Mb disk-on-module for the OS, and an 8Gb 1.8" compact flash 2 hard drive for media. Only using about 23Mb of the disk-on-module for the zipped OS, so it's a bit over specced on size. The transfer rate of the 1.8" hard drive isn't large - it's only a 3600 rpm drive.

    Boot time is 17 seconds from cold, including POST (massively cut down and zipped Windows 98 SE lite is unzipped to ram drive and then booted from there).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red GTi VR6 View Post
    I suppose that there's really no way to find out if htey can be set to fixed disk without just purchasing it and trying it out?
    I want to say that the newer CF cards have a higher number of write cycles because of the way it stores data. I beleive thats why it can't be set to fixed, because of the newer write alogrithims. As far as I know Fixed Disk stopped with the ultra II.

    Who's to say someone hasn't fixed the bug in windows ??
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    see, this is getting way over my head now...lol

    Perhaps I'd be better off just sticking with an ULTRA II card and once I get it all working, start researching other options...since right now these other options aren't making much sense at my current stage of understanding...
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    I would say get an ultra iv and forget about suspend/hibernate. if you have a fast post, and you enable EWF, it'll boot in around 10-15 seconds.

    a nice thing about EWF is the running speed of the OS too. Since all disk writes are to RAM, it's whizzes.

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    but I don't want a whizzer! it would be awful messy in the car


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    Quote Originally Posted by sama View Post
    a nice thing about EWF is the running speed of the OS too. Since all disk writes are to RAM, it's whizzes.
    Booting from ramdisk produces a similar effect, except that most reads for the os are from ram too. that whizzes too.
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