IMPORTANT! Need a Dev's input on CF card use with PS2
So recently the idea of using a CF card (compact flash) came up when discussing the use of a SATA drive with the portable that I'm hopefully going to build (this was over at the modretro forums). Basically the idea is that since there are adapters for IDE -> CF, they should be compatible. In theory you should be able to take an adapter, hook it up to the PS2's IDE, and then use a CF slot/card to replace an IDE drive.
The benefits would be reduced power consumption, size/weight in the portable, and it wouldn't be slow like USB since CF can get read/write speeds up to 60/90 MBps. I'm not really sure how feasible this would be, and I don't think the guy who suggested it over at modretro really knows either, so I figured I'd ask here and hopefully get the input of someone more familiar with how HDLoader and the like works; would there be format issues, are CF and IDE simply too different, etc. Thanks for any input.