Can now install SATA hard drives in Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 with IDE / SATA adapter

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  1. Shawn

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    CWB32 Need parts for my flying saucer.

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    yepperdoodle ... that's the one .
    i try to use torrent clients to dl operating systems .
     
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    It's already half way done downloading....
    I'm an addict.... I have 12mb download speed...Not to mention it's early AM..Everyone else is still asleep..
     
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    CWB32 Need parts for my flying saucer.

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    heh heh heh ...
    that is exactly why i get up at 0dark30 ... also , old army habits are hard to break ... sometimes .
     
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    Currently restoring a CF30 Win7 image onto the CF18..Using Acronis Universal restore.
    Acronis found the drive and is restoring as I type...14 minutes to go.

    I am going to burn Linux Mint to a disk and attempt to do a dual boot next.
     
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    Acronis restore was successful...Only problem was it could not access the misc driver. That's a wrong hardware restore issue. That has nothing to do with the adapter.
    I really like Universal restore....Of course Windows was NOT activated on the CF18

    One issue I have noticed.. It did it with Zorin and it just did it with Acronis, which is Linux based.
    It seems to hang on shut down...The laptop doesn't fully power off all the time. I will test this out again later tonight after work. Windows 7 shuts down properly..
     
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    Hello everyone!
    Thank you very much for the details Shawn, you are right, it has nothing to do with the adapter, btw we have tested it under a lot of load including restoring a huge amount of data for a long time, also the transfer rate was very fast and stable.
    The adapter should have nothing to do how the operating system will act since it is not detectable from OS and is passive element.

    Thank you once again.
     
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    Well, I got a DVD of Mint and booted it...I have never done a dual boot before so it was new to me..
    I tried to resize the win 7 partition and create a ext2 partition..Mint kept giving me errors in the ext2 partition...I then deleted the ext2 partition and let Mint figure it all out using unallocated space.
    This time it installed and booted to Mint from the hard drive when I chose Mint in the boot menu..

    I have 2 win7 boot options in the boot menu..No idea why.
    The first time I booted to win 7 from the dual boot setup, I got the "Your hard drive may have errors" message...I let it scan the drive for errors and when done it rebooted and had zero errors. I don't know what caused the drive may have errors message, but I figure it was from the Mint resizing, partitioning, and install of the dual boot menu. Grub I think it is, but I really don't know...I am much more of a hardware guy, but I can manage ok with software.....

    I did not experience any further shutdown issues...

    The drive adapter does seem invisible..Only thing I noticed was in Gparted the SATA drive was reported as being a SCSI...It did not seem to matter as the laptop performed flawlessly for the beat up tired CF18 that it is.

    Next I will see what is involved in putting the adapter and a 64gb SSD in a CF-M34....
    You said I 'll probably have to lose the drive lid..That's ok by me. I have Kapton tape if needed.
     
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    Most of my dual boot were before I had enough caddies/disks to put a single OS on a single caddy.
    I loaded the M$ program...updated and then installed the Linux one.
    Bar none to this date Mint is the friendliest. I just let Mint do it's thing.
    Re: the Digitzoom: 7mm drive, left the heater out (by choice...there was room) and it went in slick. (with three pairs of hands) video?....what video?

    TDR-HQ says "good product".
    Shawnster and I were posting at the same time...I'm not arguing with him.
     
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    Hello Shawn, we tested the adapter in M34 successfully with 1TB drive, the BIOS initialized it it just fine.. for sure you will need not to use the covers of the caddy, be careful not to short the pins at the back of the sata connector of the adapter and the controller board of the hard drive. It should work ok, please let us know the result, thanks.

    Re: Sadlmkr, not sure about the heater in your case but as you can see in the video, it fits with even 9.5mm drive, yes it is a bit tight but if you remove the foam the room is enough. You can check the video on our web site www.digitzoom.com

    Thank you.
     
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