Sat, 11 May 2013
It has truly been humbling finding a CF Reader for my Akai S1100. After messing around with countless Compact Flash card models and All-In-One SCSI readers, the following equipment is guaranteed to work with an S1100.
- ACARD AEC-7720U - IDE to Ultra SCSI Bridge
- StarTech.com 35BAYCF2IDE - 3.5-Inch Drive Bay IDE to Single CF SSD Adapter Card Reader
- Pretec 16 GB 233x Series Compact Flash drive
- custom Female Large 4-pin Molex to Female Small 4-pin Molex
The internals of the StarTech.com unit is an Addonics AD44MIDECF. StarTech.com adds a slot for the card and a metal housing.
The only CF drive that have been able to get to work is a Pretec 16 GB 233x Series Compact Flash drive. I was able to find someone selling one on eBay. Other than eBay, they seem to be sold out everywhere.
Per Muser on GearSlutz, the reason why this CF card works is the following:
233x is 233 times 150KB per second. the 150 was the designation for CD ROM Audio at 44.1 16bit .. per second KB.
The Akai will likely want to see this kind of speed, as its hard disk formatting specification mirrors that of a sample CD.
I also had to cobble together a custom Female Large 4-pin Molex to Female Small 4-pin Molex, soldering together parts from two other Molex cables I had.
Here is my HOWTO video:
Note to self: Akai Tools