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Does anyone have experience of writing CF cards?
In my new job I have to write a few per day, so I got an inexpensive multi-card reader. Within ten days one of my cow-orkers had inserted a card on the skew, bent some pins so badly they'd have been a pain to straighten, and broken one (so at least I don't have to try straightening any). The PC I'm using is a Dell Optiplex 380, so it has no free internal USB headers, but it does have a free SATA socket (but no spare power; I'd need to use a splitter).
So, internal or external, is there a CF reader that either employs a ZIF mechanism, or is built to such good tolerances that it's really hard to insert a card wrongly?
I assume something like this would not be suitable as it would be at the back of the PC
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Thanks for the pointer, TazUk Eject button = ZEF. Fingers crossed that the insertion is also easy. I'd seen this, and thought it wouldn't work, but it comes with a 3½" drive bay adapter, so it can fit OK.
Well, I got one, installed it on the 3rd SATA connector on the Dell Optiplex mobo...and the flippin' thing treated it as an HD interface, not a removable media one, and refused to boot without a CF card inserted. No way to write to it using our image-writing software, as that also is designed to be used with removable media.
So, a problem with the Dell or with the gadget? I've been too busy to find out. I just disabled the thing and carried on with the USB card-reader.