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Old June 11th, 2009, 09:42 PM   #76
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Sorry almost done...
Ok so I followed pin one on the opposite side.. and soldered it..great
Do I have to format the ssd any special way.. I know you said fat32..
Is there special software for this..?
Does the camera format the drive...

Also what does "tear down" on the ex1 mean.. remove the slot door?
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Old June 11th, 2009, 11:46 PM   #77
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Sorry almost done...
Ok so I followed pin one on the opposite side.. and soldered it..great
Do I have to format the ssd any special way.. I know you said fat32..
Is there special software for this..?
Does the camera format the drive...

Also what does "tear down" on the ex1 mean.. remove the slot door?
Robert, sounds like your almost ready to go. If you have an ohm meter, I would suggest using it to make sure that there are no electrical shorts between the ExpressCard pins. It can easily happen when soldering. Then use the ohm meter to check for continuity between the ExpressCard pin and the USB connector end. That way you can be confident that all the electrical connections are going where they are supposed to.

The camera will do the formating just as it does with the SXS/etc. memory cards.

It's good to be specific. A better word for "tear down" is do the modification to the ExpressCard by fitting it with a USB cable. I've changed the wording in that post.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 08:29 AM   #78
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Thanks Barry
You should get a forum award.. if one exists

On the ex1 is there a mode for the sxs door or is it just left open for the cable to come out
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Old June 12th, 2009, 08:34 AM   #79
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Thanks Barry
You should get a forum award.. if one exists

On the ex1 is there a mode for the sxs door or is it just left open for the cable to come out
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Your welcome Robert. However, the real credit goes to fellow from Germany who discovered that USB interface works with the EX1/3 cameras. I tried it out and then did the practical work to find suitable solutions for SSD storage and the necessary 5-volt power to get the thing mobile.

To my knowledge no one has come forward yet with a mod to the EX1 door. Cheers!
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Old June 12th, 2009, 10:29 PM   #80
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success...

Ok had to format a couple of times... media had to be restored.. an then ok..

Thanks to everyone...
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Old June 12th, 2009, 10:35 PM   #81
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Good to see your success... Me... I'm going to wait until Ross introduces a commercial product.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 11:23 PM   #82
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success...

Ok had to format a couple of times... media had to be restored.. an then ok..

Thanks to everyone...
Glad to here your up and running!
Robert, what are you using as your storage device?

My Corsair 128 SSD formated once straight away. It will ask to be restored after, I mount it on my MacPro, otherwise there is no need. Sony's SXS cards behave the same way.
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Old June 14th, 2009, 03:55 PM   #83
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I used everything you did... but while I was waiting on some parts
I used the ssd for some editing on the mac... journaled...
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Old June 14th, 2009, 03:56 PM   #84
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What happened with Ross.. ?
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Old June 14th, 2009, 07:20 PM   #85
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What happened with Ross.. ?
That's what I was wondering. Perhaps Apple dropping the MacBook ExpressCard slot has forced a rethink? I hope not.
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Old June 14th, 2009, 08:14 PM   #86
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The express card slot is still on the 17" mbp from what I have read... did that change?
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Old June 14th, 2009, 09:22 PM   #87
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Ross' web site has been down all day Sunday so I presume he might be updating it with some amazing new product.

Correct-- the only Express34 slot in the product line is now the 17".
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Old June 14th, 2009, 09:40 PM   #88
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There is more unpleasant news surfacing for video editors wanting to use the new MacBook models. To get the longer battery times, Apple has dropped the SATA speeds down from 3.0Gb/s to 1.5Gb/s. Apparently this has negative impacts for those wanting to use the newer "faster" SSD's. Just what we need - "Slower SATA Interface" speeds:

13" and 15" MacBook Pros Have a Slower SATA Interface - Mac Rumors

New MacBook Pros shipped with HDDs only have 1.5Gbps SATA enabled

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Old June 15th, 2009, 01:40 AM   #89
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After extensive testing of my SSD system on a shoot in Italy, I'm well happy, so going ahead with building 3 systems now.

I'm currently transfering 18 SDHC cards to my edit system, each one taking 14 mins, whilst the 2 full SSD's took 14 mins each to transfer just under 10 hours of HQ -

The SSd's ran flawlessly for 2 days, it was a fantastic experience not to worry about changing cards or running out of power. It was hot, around 28 celsius, but the drives stayed completely cool, even after a single 3 hour recording stint - and after a day, the BPU30 was showing half used !

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The SSd's ran flawlessly for 2 days, it was a fantastic experience...
Good to hear, Paul. How are you rigging them onto the camera? Any pix?
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