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PowerBook 1400 booting from compact flash card

This is my PowerBook 1400c booting up from a 1GB compact flash card with a PC Card adaptor. The card is plugged into one of the PCMCIA card slots and I have removed the internal hard drive meaning that the machine runs completely silently.

The small noises in the video are background noise from my very creaky desk chair and the road outside!

For more details on this, see the "Flash Drives" thread in the Retro Mac Tech Support section.

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Comment by Wholly Mindless on May 7, 2008 at 11:20pm
If you had to do anything special, could you point us to it?
Comment by MacMan on May 8, 2008 at 6:16am
I really didn't have to, it was literally a case of formatting the card as a Mac OS volume then dragging and dropping everything from the hard drive onto it. The only special thing really is to look for a 16-bit compliant compact flash PCMCIA adaptor, ie. it has to be a PC Card and not a newer "Cardbus" card. Generally any of the basic Sandisk brand adaptors are 16-bit compatible. Also, it is a good idea to get a fast card, (eg. 66x, 80x, 100x), as standard compact flash cards are apparantly pretty slow for hard drive use.
Comment by Lars (WhyOSX) on November 14, 2008 at 10:59am
This is so great ...
Comment by Ken on November 14, 2008 at 12:54pm


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