IDE to Compact Flash :-)
These units allow users to replace traditional hard drives with standard Compact Flash cards.
There are some real nice bennefits to using compact flash in place of a regular hard drive.
- very low power consumption (less then 0.5W)
- Fast startup, no spin up time, or USB bottleneck
- high transfer rate
- phisically very durable
- compatibility with IDE drivers, nothing special needed
- they are completely silent
- The use commodity (cheap and plentiful) CF cards
The frugal script works very nicely with CF, as it keeps disk writes to a minimum which is exactly what is needed to keep a compact flash card alive for a long time.
Slap in a CF card with a myDSL image frugally installed and you have a virtually indestructible system which will be nearly hack proof. The combination of DSL, a mini-itx board running on an IDE/CF card and power it by a fanless power supply and you have a very efficient, very foolproof system which make virtually no noise.
This might sound unprofessional of me, but to a Linux geek IDE to CF adaptors are just plain cool!