Originally Posted by twilyth
Thank you very much for the explanation. Yesterday wasn't a good one for me either. I had to deal with a couple of vendors who were too stupid to live - in my opinion.
I actually have an FDM adapter - if I haven't just made that term up. It plugged into an IDE header on one end and had a flash card slot on the other. I was going to use it as a poor-man's SSD but about the same time the prices dropped enough that I could afford a 60gig. Anyway, I knew that without write leveling (???) whatever flash card I used probably wouldn't last long.
Anyway, thanks again and WELCOME!
What kind of flash card is it? CF/Compactflash? I use a lot of those at work, I have a few machines that have been running off of them essentially 24/7 for a couple of years, and are still working fine. Interesting note - the pinout that CF uses is the same as IDE (with power added - I think it's actually the exact same pinout as a 44-pin IDE, since 44pin includes power), the pins are just smaller and closer together. CF-to-IDE adapters are definitely a nifty piece of hardware to have around. I'm not sure on the proper terminology for them either... we always just call them CF-to-IDE adapters or flash card adapters.