After my tinkering with Compact Flash card adaptors with Qubide, I stumbled across some IDE SD card interfaces on Amazon, so I thought I’d give one of these a try to see if I could get them to work with Qubide. Indeed, it did work, although I only found single card adaptors, not dual master/slave cards like the Compact Flash ones. But not to worry, I planned to use the CF cards anyway as this is going to be a non-swappable installation (the inter
face cards I used for both CF and SD cards are all not hot-swappable), in effect using the two CF cards as an SSD device for my Minis-QL.
Using the SD card IDE interface is just a proof of concep
t for now. I plugged the IDE SD card interface directly into the Qubide (photo below), attached the same power connector and as I was also using a 4GB SD card I could use the same settings to test format an SD card. It all worked first time.
So there we have it – if your QL has a Qubide IDE interface attached, you can now use Compact Flash and SD cards (Qubide format) with them with no need for any extra software.
If you need to copy and move files between the Qubide format cards and, say, a PC you will need file transfer software, but that’s another story…