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Old July 14th, 2005, 12:33 AM   #1
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microdrives vs. compact flash

I've always been a little worried about using microdrives as a storage media compared to good old Compact Flash cards. All those tiny moving parts makes me nervous. Should I be? Or should I go ahead and buy one?

ALso, how about brand names vs. quality? I found some cheap ones by Magicstor, but don't know anything about the name.

Also, does anyone know anything about the CF manufacturer Kingston? Quality/reliability, etc...
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Old July 14th, 2005, 02:17 AM   #2
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compact flash is faster and uses less power, the mechanical part theory seems to make sense, but nobody officialy ever proved it
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Old July 14th, 2005, 02:57 AM   #3
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Also, does anyone know anything about the CF manufacturer Kingston? Quality/reliability, etc...

Dylan,

I have several 1GB Kingston CF Cards. So far (about 20,000 frames with 2 cameras) I've had no problems at all.
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Old July 14th, 2005, 07:04 AM   #4
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The only experience I can offer is my Garmin StreetPilot 2620 GPS which I've had in my car for a year and a half. It uses a MagicStor 2.5 GB compact flash microdrive to hold a database of the entire US. It's running for long periods of time in a moving car, going down bumpy unpaved roads, getting exposed to extremes of temperature and humidity. Never any problems. I can think of maybe 3 times when I got a data error after hitting a big pothole or whatever. Re-booting the unit solved the problem.

Frankly, this impresses me because I had some concerns about reliability as well. But of course I purchased the 3 year service plan just in case. Having said this however, considering the direction that prices are going with compact flash cards, I would opt for that if possible.
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Old July 14th, 2005, 07:59 AM   #5
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I just had my 1 GB IBM micro drive die. No reason. "It's dead Jim."
Luckily I had already ordered a 2 GB Kingston CF card. $155 via Amazon.
That's almost half what I paid for the microdrive two years ago.
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Old July 14th, 2005, 11:49 AM   #6
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Ok, you guys convinced me I think. Looks like the CF for me. Too bad because I found some 2.2gb microdrives for about $80us/$100cdn.
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