I had someone install the StarTech 3.5" SATA to CompactFlash SSD adapter in the 3.5" drive bay and so far, the computer is working good.
Windows Vista can detect what CompactFlash card is inside the 3.5" SATA to CF drive bay without any major problems. However, I'm running into issues after I insert the CF card in the 3.5" SATA to CF drive bay and turn the computer on:
1. The BIOS will recognise the CF card that is connected to the 3.5" SATA to CF drive bay as it is connected on SATA Port 4 on the ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard. However, when Windows Vista attempts to boot up with the "© Microsoft Corporation" Segoe UI text and the green progress bar above it, the green light indicator on the SATA to CF drive goes off and the red hard drive LED stays on and the computer hangs indefinitely. In a interval of one minute, the hard drive LED will go off and the green light indicator on the SATA to CF drive goes on for a short period of time.
One temporary work around is that when I try to eject the CF card from the SATA to CF drive, the hard drive LED light would go off. I would leave it ejected for up to one minute and it would let the internal hard drive on SATA Port 1 continue to boot the Windows Vista operating system.
2. When there is data being read or written on the CF card, not only the green light indicator is blinking, but the hard drive LED light is blinking as well and it's not supposed to do that.
I have a couple of questions to ask to try to remedy this if possible:
1. Is there a way to fix the issue that will allow Windows Vista to boot successfully even if the CF card is inserted inside the internal SATA to CF drive?
2. In any event there is read and write activity on the CF card, is there a way to stop it from using the hard drive LED light?
The model number on the StarTech SATA to CompactFlash card is 35BAYCF2SAT. The model number can easily be searched on Google. The issues that I mentioned above are minor and do not affect the functionality and performance of my computer.
On a sidenote, in order to successfully recognise the CF card inside the the SATA to CF drive, I had to set the SATA ports to use AHCI mode and not IDE mode.
Edited by ppgrainbow, 13 September 2014 - 02:55 AM.