PCMCIA Storage

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PCMCIA Storage

Postby lolo799 » 2016-3-27 @ 12:00

Does the subject really need a thread?
Are there more than Compact Flash to PCMCIA adapters out there?
Do they work in DOS?
The answers to all those questions are Yes it does, there are and most do, so it's totally relevant to our retro file transferring needs!

Let's start at the beginning, here is a picture of the PCMCIA storage devices I own:
pcmcia-storage.jpg
Compact Flash, Microdrive, Iomega Zip, Sony Memory Stick, Flash media, Iomega Clik!, HDD, and an ATA interface card for 2.5" HDD.
I don't own a SD to PCMCIA adapter, so if anyone of you does, please test it, thanks.

The Zip drive has its own DOS driver, all the other cards work under DOS (except for the Clik! drive) using the enablers found at http://www.tssc.de/site/products/enable ... fault.aspx

Some benchmarks, using HddSpeed v2.1 under DOS and Roadkil's Disk Speed Version 2.0 under Windows XP,
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CBATA/386 Version 3.10 - Release 11-Apr-2003
(C) Copyright 1993-2003 by APSoft
All rights reserved.  Disassembly or decompilation prohibited.

Please, specify serial number or press ENTER without any input for run
evaluation version
                                 
Detected PC Card '256MB  ' in Socket 0:9:0

     ATA Drive Information
==================================

Serial number                          : CF00000000
Firmware revision                      : 041FA
Model number                           : Flash Card
Number of cylinders                    : 03E7h
Number of heads                        : 0010h
Number of sectors per track            : 0020h
Number of cur. cylinders               : 03E7h
Number of cur. heads                   : 0010h
Number of cur. sec./track              : 0020h
Current capacity in sectors            : 0007CE00h
Total number of user addres. sectors   : 0007CE00h ( 250 MB - LBA mode only)
Buffer size                            : 00000200h (   0 KB)
Current number of sectors per block    : 0001h     (for multiple commands)
The maximum number of sectors per block: 0001h     (for multiple commands)
LBA mode is supported.
Device is magnetic media.

PC Card uses Drive E:


ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÝHddSpeed v2.1 ResultsÞÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ
þ Hard Disk 1: Unknown Type (Compact Flash adapter)
þ Size:
    BIOS: 243 MBytes
þ Geometry:
    BIOS: 31 Cylinders, 255 Heads, 63 Sectors
þ Disk Rotation Speed: Not Determined

þ Average Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Average Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Track-To-Track Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Average Access Time: Not Determined

                              Read (MBytes/sec.) Write (MBytes/sec.)
þ Linear Speed At Track    1:   1.3                1.6             
þ Linear Speed At Track   29:   1.3                1.6             

þ Average Linear Speed:         1.3                1.6             
þ Min. Linear Speed:            1.3                1.6             
þ Max. Linear Speed:            1.3                1.6             

þ Max. Cache Read Speed: 1.4 MBytes/sec. (64K block)


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Detected PC Card 'HITACHI FLASH' in Socket 0:9:0

     ATA Drive Information
==================================

Serial number                          : X0208 20040616042825
Firmware revision                      : Rev 3.00
Model number                           : Hitachi XXM2.3.0
Number of cylinders                    : 07C3h
Number of heads                        : 0010h
Number of sectors per track            : 003Fh
Number of cur. cylinders               : 07C3h
Number of cur. heads                   : 0010h
Number of cur. sec./track              : 003Fh
Current capacity in sectors            : 001E8FD0h
Total number of user addres. sectors   : 001E8FD0h ( 978 MB - LBA mode only)
Buffer size                            : 00000400h (   1 KB)
Current number of sectors per block    : 0001h     (for multiple commands)
The maximum number of sectors per block: 0001h     (for multiple commands)
LBA mode is supported.
Device is magnetic media.

PC Card uses Drive E:


ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÝHddSpeed v2.1 ResultsÞÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ
þ Hard Disk 1: Unknown Type (Flash)
þ Size:
    BIOS: 977 MBytes
þ Geometry:
    BIOS: 993 Cylinders, 32 Heads, 63 Sectors
þ Disk Rotation Speed: Not Determined

þ Average Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Average Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Track-To-Track Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Average Access Time: Not Determined

                              Read (MBytes/sec.) Write (MBytes/sec.)
þ Linear Speed At Track    1:   1.3                1.2             
þ Linear Speed At Track  991:   1.3                1.0             

þ Average Linear Speed:         1.3                1.2             
þ Min. Linear Speed:            1.3                1.0             
þ Max. Linear Speed:            1.3                1.2             

þ Max. Cache Read Speed: 1.3 MBytes/sec. (64K block)


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Detected PC Card 'HITACHI microdrive' in Socket 0:9:0

     ATA Drive Information
==================================

Serial number                          : N2JPE19A
Firmware revision                      : DN4OCA2A
Model number                           : HMS360404D5CF00
Number of cylinders                    : 1F00h
Number of heads                        : 0010h
Number of sectors per track            : 003Fh
Number of cur. cylinders               : 1F00h
Number of cur. heads                   : 0010h
Number of cur. sec./track              : 003Fh
Current capacity in sectors            : 007A1000h
Total number of user addres. sectors   : 007A1000h (3906 MB - LBA mode only)
Buffer size                            : 00020000h ( 128 KB)
Current number of sectors per block    : 0000h     (for multiple commands)
The maximum number of sectors per block: 0020h     (for multiple commands)
LBA mode is supported.
Device is magnetic media.

PC Card uses Drive E:
PC Card uses Drive F:



ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÝHddSpeed v2.1 ResultsÞÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ
þ Hard Disk 1: Unknown Type (Microdrive)
þ Size:
    BIOS: 3906 MBytes
þ Geometry:
    BIOS: 992 Cylinders, 128 Heads, 63 Sectors
þ Disk Rotation Speed: Not Tested

þ Average Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Average Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Track-To-Track Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Average Access Time: 20.5 ms

                              Read (MBytes/sec.) Write (MBytes/sec.)
þ Linear Speed At Track    1:   1.6                1.4             
þ Linear Speed At Track  990:   1.5                1.2             

þ Average Linear Speed:         1.5                1.3             
þ Min. Linear Speed:            1.5                1.2             
þ Max. Linear Speed:            1.6                1.5             

þ Max. Cache Read Speed: 1.6 MBytes/sec. (64K block)
þ Disk Speed Index: 77

                         FAT    HPFS386
þ Weighted Speed Index:   14        5


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Detected PC Card 'TOSHIBA MK5002MPL' in Socket 0:9:0

     ATA Drive Information
==================================

Serial number                          : 93F21416 T
Firmware revision                      : V2.10 A
Model number                           : TOSHIBA MK5002MPL
Number of cylinders                    : 2896h
Number of heads                        : 000Fh
Number of sectors per track            : 003Fh
Number of cur. cylinders               : 2896h
Number of cur. heads                   : 000Fh
Number of cur. sec./track              : 003Fh
Current capacity in sectors            : 0095D1B6h
Total number of user addres. sectors   : 0095D1B6h (4795 MB - LBA mode only)
Buffer size                            : 00035000h ( 212 KB)
Current number of sectors per block    : 0010h     (for multiple commands)
The maximum number of sectors per block: 0010h     (for multiple commands)
LBA mode is supported.
Device is non-magnetic media.

PC Card uses Drive E:


ÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÝHddSpeed v2.1 ResultsÞÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄÄ
þ Hard Disk 1: Unknown Type (PCMCIA HDD)
þ Size:
    BIOS: 4792 MBytes
þ Geometry:
    BIOS: 611 Cylinders, 255 Heads, 63 Sectors
þ Disk Rotation Speed: 4000 RPM

þ Average Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Average Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Track-To-Track Seek Time: Not Determined
þ Average Access Time: 21.5 ms

                              Read (MBytes/sec.) Write (MBytes/sec.)
þ Linear Speed At Track    1:   1.6                1.0             
þ Linear Speed At Track  609:   1.6                1.0             

þ Average Linear Speed:         1.6                1.0             
þ Min. Linear Speed:            1.5                0.9             
þ Max. Linear Speed:            1.6                1.0             

þ Max. Cache Read Speed: Not Determined
þ Disk Speed Index: 74

                         FAT    HPFS386
þ Weighted Speed Index:   12        5


CF&Flash.jpg
MS&ATA.jpg
Microdrive&HDD.jpg
Zip&Clik.jpg

As you can see, the Flash devices are the fastest and the Iomega drives the slowest, nothing surprising at all here!

The Memory Stick adapter is directly supported on the HP 200LX Palmtop computer (atleast with my 8MB card), whereas some Compact Flash cards need a driver to be loaded first which can be problematic to transfer on the unit in the first place...

My obvious advice is to go with the simplest and cheapest, so a no-name Compact Flash adapter and a bunch of CF cards.
Thanks for reading!
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