First post, by xjas
The IDE-CF adapter for my 386 build didn't end up working out; I couldn't find reliable CHS parameters, and the 512MB card wouldn't show up at all, leaving me with only a pair of 32MBs.
I'm looking into other options for storage. I really don't feel like tracking down a suitable-sized vintage HDD for this thing. (The smallest desktop drive I even have is 20GB.) I could stick an XTIDE ROM in the network card but I realistically only need 256 or 512MB.
I'm wondering about using these industrial disk-on-modules in a system this old:
(Ignore the specific brand in the photo, there are tons of makers of these with various levels of repute.)
I presume because they're specifically made to act as IDE drives they're a little more reliable? The issue is there's no HDD autodetection so I need accurate CHS geometry to manually enter (and there's no CMOS battery so I need to do that every time I power it on. 😜) Have any of you had any luck?
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