[ubuntu-uk] IDE Flash Card Readers - Recommendations

LeeGroups mailgroups at varga.co.uk
Sun Jan 6 15:16:31 GMT 2008

> Hands up, I'm confused!  I'm trying to find myself a Card REader that will
> specifically take CF and SD cards that I can connect to my IDE that supports
> hot, err thingy that allows you to take the cards in and out without
> powering the PC down.  Don't think this feature is supported on Linux yet,
> but my PC is dual boot and this reader is at the moment to be used with the
> M$ installation, but I don't want to get hardware that's not going to be
> Linux compatible.
> Does anyone have any recommendations?  I primarily want IDE as I intend to
> hard mount it into one of the drive bays of my home PC.
> I've looked at Linux Emporium, Amazon, Dabs, LinEx and a few others that I
> came across, and although I found a lot of readers, none give those
> reassuring words of Linux / Unix compatible.
I'm pretty sure IDE doesn't support hot swapping within it's 

That said some of the more expensive PCI RAID controller cards, like the 
ones from 3Ware, support it, but it's down to the cards electronics and 
the cards drivers, I doubt any generic motherboard IDE interface will 
let you do this...

The better option may to boot from a USB card reader, most new 
motherboards can do this with a setting in the bios....


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