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5300cs - how to find a PCMCIA to SD card adapter that is 16 bit?

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PCMCIA is generally the term for 16bit whereas CardBus is for 32bit cards.  Based on that, any of these 'should' work but I have never used an SD to PCMCIA card as they were uncommon when I was shopping for them.  Instead I use a CF card and adapter.

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PCMCIA is generally the term for 16bit whereas CardBus is for 32bit cards. Based on that, any of these 'should' work but I have never used an SD to PCMCIA card as they were uncommon when I was shopping for them. Instead I use a CF card and adapter.

I ordered the third one. Seller confirmed it was 16 bit, however it does NOT support sdhc (fine with me).

 

I wanted it instead of a cf card because I can directly transfer files onto it with my MacBook pro. (I'm going to install 8.1 on it, from itself, so I have hfs+)

 

Do you think that 8.5/8.6 are ok on 24mb RAM?

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I'd love to see some disk performance test results with something relevant to old Macs (MacBench 5 for example)

Also curious to know if speed of SD matters at all on a machine this slow.

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I have used a 1GB PCMCIA Flash Memory card from SanDisk (similar to this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sandisk-110MB-PCMCIA-ATA-Industrial-Flash-Memory-Card-68pins/300832545667) and I have used CF in a PCMCIA Adapter (like this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-PCMCIA-Compact-Flash-Disk-Memory-Card-Reader-Converter-Adapter-to-PC-Laptop/172336312700 ) and they work just fine as boot devices on my 5300ce/190s and 1400c's.

Insert them into the PCMCIA Slot and the OS will ask of you want to format them if they are unformatted or format is a weird format that Mac OS does not recognize. Format it and it will come up with a PCMCIA Disk Icon when it is done. Make it bootable - copy a system folder to it, Bless it, and then go into Control Panel - Start Up Disk and select it. And it will be Bootable from there every time it is in the system.

 

If you want to replace your hard drive it with it, you will need a CF to IDE adapter like I did here (read the following posts from here: https://68kmla.org/forums/index.php?/topic/23406-booting-from-a-compact-flash-drive/page-2&do=findComment&comment=244695).

Only get the Single CF Adapters, Dual CF (those with 2 CF Slots) do not work on Macs for some reason. Something like this will work great: https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Compact-Flash-CF-Card-to-IDE-44Pin-2mm-Pitch-Male-2-5-HDD-Adapter-Card-SA/391837245867

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I'd love to see some disk performance test results with something relevant to old Macs (MacBench 5 for example)

Also curious to know if speed of SD matters at all on a machine this slow.

 

I never had luck with such test programs, because they test on a Hard Drive's Large Block Data Transfers and CFs used as SSDs tend to do short block transfers, which during the tests comes up with really weird results of the SSD being a lot slower than a hard drive, but when you see the system boot up and run, and apps/data load and save, it is a lot faster than any hard drive can be.

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