Re: [NTLK] Dead CF Card

From: PCBman Service <>
Date: Thu Dec 11 2008 - 19:31:59 EST

Ok, time to dispel a few myths...

A Linear Flash card and a Compact Flash card are different physically
but work very similarly.

BOTH can be read and mounted in a PC or Mac.

On a PC, if you have True Flash-File System (TFS) installed then it
can read these cards BUT a Newton formatted card will be unrecognized
as it isn't FAT16, FAT 32 or NTFS.

There are card reader software packages out there that allow access to
the 'numbers' on the card regardless of format.

At the lowest level the card must conform to the PCMCIA standard. This
is true for ANY commercial card with this form factor.

This means that with the correct software even a Newton formatted card
can be read and duplicated.

I know, I have done it many times.


On Dec 11, , at 2:14 AM, John Broughton wrote:

> It's not just the file format or formatting utility that the Newton
> uses on a Linear Flash card that makes that card unreadable in a PC
> or Mac. It's that neither a Mac or PC have the physical capability
> to read a linear flash card period. You can use a normal Compact
> Flash card in a Newton thanks to the good offices of a very talented
> programmer, and those same Compact Flash cards can be read, with an
> adapter, on a PC or Mac, but a Compact Flash is a lot different from
> a Linear Flash card. Once the Newton stores information on a Compact
> Flash card, neither a Mac or PC will be able to read that
> information. Hope this helps.
> R

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