Joined: Aug. 2006
||Posted: Sep. 13 2006,01:08
|Do I understand correctly that you want to boot from an internal IDE device and use an external USB drive for data? If that's the case, have you considered using a Compact Flash card with a CF-to-IDE adapter? If you're OK with either a frugal install or loading DSL into RAM, this should eliminate the heat and power concerns.|
At the time of my post, yes. I have considered using a CF adapter on the inside but I have revised my goals during my experimentation today. In fact, I have decided that there is no intelligent way to manage a hard drive on the inside of that tiny case. One must buy low profile RAM to have any chance of success since there is precious little room to guide the IDE cable anywhere and there is no good place to mount the hard drive either. This is assuming, of course, that one intends to forgo the dubious possibility of using the PCI slot and one can find a way to power the drive. Also, the CPU reaches an idle temperature of ~54C without the extra heat from a 2.5" drive in the case with it.
For this project I wanted something that is a little more standard and easier to accessorize than DSL since I am not a linux expert. I am instead experimenting with a xubuntu installation in a test 5GB USB drive and I will switch that to a 4GB USB stick. If I want to get ambitious enough to make a tiny computer with drives and cards and such I think I will just have to accept that it will be less tiny than this. Or possibly go more custom with a bigger power supply and a nano motherboard instead. This was my first go at Mini-ITX so I bought it direct from Mr. DSL.
I have reserved my CF adapter to similar duty as you described.
|For a while I was using a notebook computer this way - I replaced a notebook's internal hard drive with a 256MB CF card, booting DSL to RAM and using a USB flash drive for my data. I later grudgingly replaced the hard drive only so that I could dual-boot DSL and Windows and my wife could use the latter. :-( |
I have a sweet subnote I got at the flea but it is having intermittent connectivity issues with the CF adapter. I think this is due to it's poorly designed caddy as the CF drive works perfectly well in another laptop. I hope to nail it soon as I really groove on the silence and the battery lifetime of running on CF. It is my goal to emulate as closely as possible my favorite workhorse laptop of all time: The TRS-80 model 100 (And it's variants).