3.5in Drive Bay IDE to Single CF SSD Adapter Card Reader

Connect a CF card to a computer through an IDE connector

Product ID: 35BAYCF2IDE

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  • Quick and driver free installation into any IDE 40 pin and 44 pin slot
  • Fully compatible with Compact Flash Type I/II and IBM Micro-drive
  • Allows Compact flash card to be used as bootable storage
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This Compact Flash IDE adapter is a perfect solution for accessing CompactFlash (CF I, CF II) and IBM Micro Drive media, allowing you to access the flash/micro drive media as if it were an IDE hard drive.

The CF/IDE adapter can be installed in the computer case through simple mounting in an available 3.5in drive bay, for connection to the computer IDE bus through either a 40 or 44-pin connection.

Designed and constructed to provide a reliable media card platform, the CF IDE adapter is backed by StarTech.com's 2-year warranty.


  • Use your compact flash card as a bootable and removable device
  • Excellent for swapping operating systems quickly without having to take your computer apart.
  • Connect your compact flash card to a 40 or 44 pin IDE slot

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Quick and driver free installation into any IDE 40 pin and 44 pin slot
  • Easily swap cards in and out with built-in push button ejector

Partner Numbers

  • Exertis 10012426
  • Ingram Micro UK V931189
  • CMS Distribution V209435
  • UPC 065030824194


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OS independent; No software or drivers required


Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) 1 - Drive Connectors CompactFlash (50 pin) Slot
1 - Host Connectors IDE (40 Pin, EIDE/PATA)
SP4 (4 pin, Small Drive Power)
Environmental Operating Temperature -55°C to 85°C (-67°F to 185°F)
Storage Temperature -55°C to 85°C (-67°F to 185°F)
Humidity 5% ~ 85% RH
Hardware Interface IDE
Packaging Information Shipping (Package) Weight 215 g [7.6 oz]
Package Length 22 cm [8.7 in]
Package Width 48 mm [1.9 in]
Package Height 15.8 cm [6.2 in]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate 133 MBps
Memory Media Type CF (Compact Flash I/II Card)
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 129 g [4.6 oz]
Color Black
Product Length 97 mm [3.8 in]
Product Width 10 cm [3.9 in]
Product Height 25 mm [1.0 in]
Software OS Compatibility OS independent; No software or drivers required
Special Notes / Requirements Note This product does not support hot-swapping of flash cards while the PC is powered on. You must turn-off your computer to switch cards.
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package Compact Flash to IDE Adapter
3.5” Enclosure
Full Profile Expansion Slot Bracket
SP4 to LP4 Molex Power Cable
Instruction Manual



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Frequently Asked Questions


Note: If you are using an IDE hard drive 1 Gigabyte in size or smaller, refer to the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/hard_drive_accessories_minimum_ide_hard_drive_size

If you are unable to detect your IDE (PATA) drive using a StarTech.com product, you may need to change the jumper settings on your drive. The jumpers switch the drive between Master, Slave, and Cable Select for most drives. A jumper is a small plastic piece that slides on top of two pins to electrically short them together.

When it does not mention what IDE drive configuration is required or if there is only one drive in the setup, the drive should be configured as Master. If Master is not working, try using the drive in Cable Select.

There is no standard position for the jumpers on IDE drives. On some drives, the jumper diagram is on the label that is on the top of the drive. On other drives, there are markings on the circuit board for CS, MA, and SL, which means a jumper shorts the pins vertically in that position. For more information, refer to the documentation provided by the manufacturer.

Before You Buy

Note: For more information on how to detect an IDE hard drive, visit http://www.startech.com/faq/hard_drive_accessories_ide_detection.

Older IDE drives are not supported by current StarTech.com products. Typically, these drives were made earlier than the mid-to-late 1990s and are smaller than 1 Gigabyte in size.

There are a number of reasons that older IDE drives may not be detected, including the following:

  • The drive uses PIO (Programmed Input/Output) mode and not DMA (Direct Memory Access).

  • The drive is non-ATA or is using an ATA mode that predates the chipset's compatibility (usually older than ATA-4).

  • The sector size is not 512 bytes.

Unfortunately there is no workaround in these situations. An older system or an older IDE controller card must be used to access older IDE drives.

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Works great with an MPC2000xl

By: Stathis - 10/18/2020
It's not a hot-swappable device,but it does the job perfectly as a CF reader with an AKAI MPC2000xl. You have to drill by yourself the holes on the metal to fit the unit to the device. That's kind of easy, but It would be more convenient if the holes were already in place. A hot-swappable version of this product would be the perfect solution for old school devices.
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