My third and final question. Since the cable in my 2300 broke I have been considering not using a hard drive in the tablet but getting a pcmcia/cf adapter and installing a 2.0 or greater CF memory card in the pcmcia slot and using this as a hard drive. Is there some way to get the BIOS to recognize the pcmcia slot as a bootable drive? What about with the 500? 1000? 1200? I have a 30 GB notebook hard drive in an external USB case that I think would connect to the 2300 - I think the usb controller will handle a 30 GB hard drive. Most of what I use the tablet for requires stable selection of programs requiring relatively small hard drive. Aside from storing digicam pics, I have never used more than 800 MB of space on a hard drive in it. What I am hoping to achieve is to lessen the drain on the battery and give me more mobile life...maybe even do away with the need for a HD cable??
RE:Is it possible to not use a hard drive in a 2300 but use 2.0 GB compact flash card instead? (modified 0 times)
The Stylistic 500 and 1000 use a Type III PCMCIA drive as the primary boot drive - in the special slot. They can use any compact flash or IBM microdrive as a boot device with a CF to Type II adapter. Capacities up to 512MB are possible.
Beyond that, I don't know. Considering the age of these devices, they may not recognise larger "cards" without partitioning.
The ST1200 and 2300 are completely different designs and do not recognize the PCMCIA slots as boot devices. There are 2.5" flash drives that can replace the main HDD and there are adapters that can convert CF and Microdrives to a 2.5" form Factor.
Silicon Kit has one for $26 delivered: http://siliconkit.dnsalias.com/cart/tcf44.html
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