I replaced the slow, clunky, noisy 5GB hard drives on my ThinkPad 770E with 16GB Compact Flash drives. I’m using two 44-pin IDE adapters, works in Ultra DMA mode, read 20 MB/s, write 6-10 MB/s.
I copied my existing installation. Win2k disk manager will not “make active” removable drives so I plugged it into my Linux machine with a USB adapter and used Gparted to create an NTFS partition and set the “boot” flag. Success!
Win2k will run OK on an existing installation, but has some trouble creating a new install from scratch on an unformatted & unpartitioned flash drive. Also fixboot & fixmbr reported success but produced an unbootable partition, and trashed a good bootable disk previously formatted in Linux. Perhaps for this reason Addonics has not listed Win2000 on their list of “Tested” OSes.
Win2000 considers these CF drives removable and as such:
- No recycle bin, any ideas?
- No recovery console, or works unreliably.
- No default network shares c$ d$, but can be added manually for the session.
- Windows update won’t run, says you have to be an Administrator.
No other major weirdness observed so far, the machine suspends, hibernates and is perfectly silent, so I’m keeping it for another 10 years
PS: I read somewhere that there’s a utility that can overwrite the firmware in the CF drives so that they appear as hard disks. Anybody tried it?
Edited by Phenomic, 03 January 2012 - 01:48 PM.