CF-30 MK1 Memory , HDD and W7 upgrade Info

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  1. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    I have used a 2nd HDD in the optical drive bay. It will work and boot, BUT it must be an IDE drive.
    You remove the DVD/CD drive from it's caddy and put the HDD adapter in the DVD/CD caddy.

    I do have the IDE drive and adapter. The drive is a HDD and not a SSD.

    I doubt that an expresscard will boot, but I am not sure.
     
  2. Truchmann

    Truchmann Newbie

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    Thank you guys for the piece of knowledge you gave to me. I' ve never taken the native HDD out of my CF-30 to see which type it is: SATA or PATA but somehow, or somebody ealier said it to me, I believe it must be a SATA HDD. So, tell me which latest BIOS to the CF-30 is and if PCI bus is used with the ExpressCard HDD or SSD then this CF-30 should boot fromit?
     
  3. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    Your HDD is a SATA and my guess you have the latest bios update . There's only 2, XP bios and W7 bios (vista) update. What is your bios #.
     
  4. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    The main hard drive is SATA,,,BUT the optical drive is PATA/IDE. This is true on ALL CF30's.
    For a 2nd hard drive in a CF 30 optical drive bay to work properly, it must be PATA/IDE. I have already done this in the past. That's why I still have these extra parts laying around.
    I have put a 2nd hard drives in 2 different CF30's and in CF 52's mk2 thru mk4.

    Odds are the Panasonic bios is designed to not boot from an Expresscard. You would need to test it out to be sure.
    Lets do a search and see what we find...hold on
     
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  5. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    reading material

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/express-card-ssd-in-cf-30.770477/

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/toughbook-cf-30-second-hard-drive.740459/

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/cf-30-exresscard-question.383166/#post-4869647

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/the-official-cf-30-thread.264961/#post-3531959

    Thank you for your reply. My BIOS currently is v1.00L14.
     
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  6. Truchmann

    Truchmann Newbie

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    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    No---
    The hard drive MUST be native PATA/IDE in order for it to boot.
    The drive will have 44 pins on it
    The adapter looks like this. They are difficult to find since PATA/IDE drives are not used much anymore.
    I do have 1-2 of them...
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  8. safn1949

    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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    IDE drives new from China, I needed a new one and it did have zero hours when I tested it. I also have a maybe new one here if you want it, was a freebee.
     
  9. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    a frisbee....:confused::D:D:D....oh that was freebee
     
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