Snear wrote on 2020-06-28, 04:45:
The most important question for me is: can I boot from the device? I have a lot of mainboards, which do not offer to boot from USB. I always have to attach an IDE-CD-Rom to install an OS. 200$ is quite expensive, but it's worth to finally get rid of those ugly CDs....
I don't remember if I tried it, but it should work (from the PC's BIOS it should just look like a normal ATAPI device, which just involves reading a fake floppy disk image off the CD-ROM, somewhat bizarrely). I can certainly give it a go anyway.
Also, I am aware of the mounting issues, it was originally meant to just plug into the CD ribbon cable socket of a Konami 573, so originally I hadn't planned to require any actual sort of mounting beyond just being plugged in. However, it was hard to source the 90 degree connectors, and people wanted to use it in other systems anyway, so that requirement doesn't exist anymore, so I plan to try and add some screwholes the next time I do a run (alongside a better SD card slot). After that, it should be easy to 3D print a 3.5" or 5.25" enclosure with the right holes for both the PCB and the drive bay.