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Issues with the 3.5" SATA to CompactFlash SSD Adapter

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ppgrainbow

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Hey there! :hello:

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.

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My guess is that the "hard drive led" is actually an "activity on SATA bus led", and if this is the case there is no way you can change it's behaviour.

As well if you set in the BIOS SATA/AHCI, that setting affects the way the controller is detected by the booting OS and it's "global" for all devices connected to the SATA bus, so last sidenote seems to me like perfectly "normal".

 

The "booting issue" sounds strange, it seems like the booting OS "interrogates" the device and cannot have the reply it expects. :unsure:

 

Is the behaviour the same with?:

  1. a CF card inserted (wiped, i.e. all 00's)
  2. a CF card partitioned/formatted (i.e. with first sector a MBR)
  3. a CF card only formatted (i.e. as "superfloppy" with first sector a PBR)

Can you make a boot log with the CF card (i.e. "hanging") and one without the CF card (i.e. booting normally)?

 

Additionally, can you try tracing the boot with xbootmgr/xperf?

http://helpdeskgeek....-windows-vista/

 

I believe you need the WAIK or the SDK to get the tools. :unsure:

 

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My guess is that the "hard drive led" is actually an "activity on SATA bus led", and if this is the case there is no way you can change it's behaviour.

As well if you set in the BIOS SATA/AHCI, that setting affects the way the controller is detected by the booting OS and it's "global" for all devices connected to the SATA bus, so last sidenote seems to me like perfectly "normal".

 

The "booting issue" sounds strange, it seems like the booting OS "interrogates" the device and cannot have the reply it expects. :unsure:

 

Is the behaviour the same with?:

  1. a CF card inserted (wiped, i.e. all 00's)
  2. a CF card partitioned/formatted (i.e. with first sector a MBR)
  3. a CF card only formatted (i.e. as "superfloppy" with first sector a PBR)

Can you make a boot log with the CF card (i.e. "hanging") and one without the CF card (i.e. booting normally)?

 

Additionally, can you try tracing the boot with xbootmgr/xperf?

http://helpdeskgeek....-windows-vista/

 

I believe you need the WAIK or the SDK to get the tools. :unsure:

 

jaclaz

 

Sorry for not responding earlier, but this behaviour occours only when the CompactFlash card is inserted and it doesn't matter if the card is partitioned/formatted or not.

In a forum post by asicnewbie in early May 2008 complianed that the Addonics SATA to CompactFlash adapter doesn't work with the majority of the cards that the user owns and stated that the user's PC will either sit there for a very long time (and will eventually error out) when the user tries to acces the drive or that it simply hangs the Windows XP operating system: http://arstechnica.c...p?f=11&t=127190

On a side note, I'm wondering if it's possible to obtain xbootmg/xperf without going through the hassle of reinstalling the Windows SDK or not? :\

At one point, I went into Safe Mode and found that the hanging error points to the crcdisk.sys which has a timestamp of 2008-01-19. So, I'm wondering if a outdated crcdisk.sys has to do with this booting issue or not.

 

I might try a smaller capacity CF card to see if it makes a difference or not soon.


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On a side note, I'm wondering if it's possible to obtain xbootmg/xperf without going through the hassle of reinstalling the Windows SDK or not? :\
 

You can seemingly do a partial download/install:

http://windowsitpro....xperfview-tools

 

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You need the Windows 7 SDK under Vista (the tools from the Windows 8 SDK no longer work under Vista :( ):

 

2766.Windows7_5F00_SDK_5F00_7.1_5F00_WPT

 

http://social.techne...revision/2.aspx

 

 

During setup, you can select to only get the WPT (you can uncheck all other tools)


Edited by MagicAndre1981, 17 September 2014 - 09:52 AM.

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