[Chugalug] Disks without power?

Alex Smith (K4RNT) shadowhunter at gmail.com
Fri Aug 2 04:20:56 UTC 2013


This thin client has PATA (aka IDE) connectors available, and uses a
nano-ITX motherboard. The CF-IDE adapter I have right now requires a
floppy-style power connection, which this system does not come with.


On Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM, Phil Sieg <phil.sieg at gmail.com> wrote:

> Alex,
>
> The thin clients I used had power in the IDE connector... I cant remember
> which PIN...
>
> Seldom did I have to use the 3 pin floppy power connector for power.
> Fairly certain that the IDE bus has power (3.5 40 pin if memory serves),
> however the only CF to IDE adapters that utilize it have a surface mount
> transistor visible on the pcb of the adapter. I had to figure this part out
> through trial and error. All of my adapters without the transistor required
> external power.
>
> YMMV
>
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> On Aug 1, 2013, at 11:00 PM, "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" <shadowhunter at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> I'm trying to convert some Wyse WinTerm J400 thin clients to firewalls,
> using pfSense, and have a problem.
>
> The system is a low-power device, and doesn't have any internal disk power
> connectors. The device I had planned on using is a CompactFlash to IDE
> adapter and an 8GB CompactFlash card. However, it requires a power
> connector.
>
> Does anyone have any recommendations on what I could use for a memory card
> that does not require additional power?
>
> Please let me know - I was inspired by Phil Sieg's thin client firewall
> conversions I got while I was in Chattanooga.
>
> Thanks in advance!
>
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" ' With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured,
the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all
irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and
warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on we’re all
damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG
episode "The Drumhead"
- Alex Smith (K4RNT)
- Dulles Technology Corridor (Chantilly/Ashburn/Dulles), Virginia USA
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