The link for the file in the first page is dead, does anyone one else have it?
I have seen the ATCFWCHG utility mentioned in many places.
Does anyone know if it works with cf-sata adapter and if it will work on the sandisk extreme cards (the 60mb/s udma5 ones)?
Are there any benefits in changing to fixed disk mode? I have managed to install xp to the card and it seems to be working fine, though it is listed in explorer as a removable device... I'm just wondering whether there is any benefit to using the utility if it will work.
Just wondering that people who able to build carpc cant do simple google search for needed program.. The utility for converting CF to fixed drive can be downloaded from at least 700,000 places, just google for it.
Anyway, I do have one, and for my bad luck it does not work for my CF. Each time I'm trying to make a convertion, I'm getting "error #20" or "error #7". I don't know what it mean, and how I can fight this stupid error.
Everything looks fine, and my adapter connected directly to primary IDE slot of the motherboard, while the CF card recognized by BIOS as primary hard drive (Sandisk Ultra 15MB/s 2Gb). I cant use it as bootable drive while it marked as remoovable for OS.
Could someone propose an alternate method to convert it ?
Fixed versus Removable..I just experienced this today!I installed XP pro SP2 OEM on a 8GB industrial SLC compact Flash card attached to a 44 pin IDE to CF adapter that came out of a thin client that was dead.The Install was done on a Neoware CA10 thin client with 2GB of system ram,800MHZ VIA CPU and a USB DVDRW drive.I installed XP like a normal install and I chose to do a full NTFS format and the install was slow but did succeed.After activating and putting in my new USER name,I got only to the WELCOME SCREEN and never saw the desktop.Ok,I rebooted and I got past the WELCOME screen and was greeted with the NO PAGE FILE error some one mentioned above.I removed the page file altogether after it finished booting into the desktop.I removed INDEXING of all files and directories when I right clicked on the drive as well.Ok,here is the interesting part..I checked the C drive in my computer and it states REMOVABLE DRIVE C!This was confirmed when I installed Easeus Partition MASTER and the app found NO drives to manage!So XP pro is running quite fine on a removable drive that is a flash card..The issues with this seems to be multi detailed.The type of motherboard,bios,flash disk and adapter all play a role as well as the version of XP!I have never had a consistent result with FLASH disk installs be it CF or DISK ON MODULE or SSD hard disks.XP and this newish technology just do not jive right all the time.I tried that app once myself that you are all trying to find..FORGET IT!It really does NOT WORK!Like I said,the factors involved are what will make or break the XP install on FLASH.One thing I will say,do not bother making a image to then ghost over to a flash disk..That almost always fails or causes strange behavior or errors after a while since the install was not done normal to begin with.I just bite the bullet and install normal as long as I have a big flash disk and at least 512mb ram.Do the tweaks and EWF things after a successful install.SOME CF cards that are removable will work such as mine did but those common branded SAN DISK and LEXAR will NOT.They are treated by the installer as removable drive like zips or floppies.INDUSTRIAL FLASH from SAN DISK,Xceed,STEC,SIMPLE,SMART,even OEM will work for boot devices even as removable.Consumer grade cards that will work are RIDATA,TRANSCEND,SOME SAN DISK models and TOSHIBA to name a few.CF adapters that seem to work for this are 44 pin FEMALE IDE to CF,ADDONICS brand CF adapters and some 40 pin IDE to CF adapters(hit or miss as there are too many from Mainland China that fail as normal backup drive adapters too!).Hope this sheds some ray of hope.
Sorry about that my keyboard is a small form factor so it is hard to type correct on it.
The link you provided for CF cards sells them super high cost.
I have gone to ebay myself and found Xceed industrial CF card lots for a good price for 4GB cards.That is a better cost to GB solution and they are both fixed/removable and SLC!
$55 for a lot of 5 or $95 for a lot of 10 cards NEW.