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Microdrives?

Discussion in 'Through-the-Lens Club' started by sjfrellc, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. Cirric

    Cirric technogoob

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    Yes, the microdrive does use power - and If I remember correctly : the power consumption is MORE than a solid-state (Type I/II) CF card. - But I don't have the facts handy to back that up. The Microdrive takes power to spin, and is required spin up/ spin down at each access.

    I have had two microdrives - and while they did work - and where priced favorably at the time, they also became unstable within one year of use in my D100. Generally the 'drive' structure is sensitive to motion/abuse, and it doesn't react well to being tapped or dropped. This can starts out with bad data-sectors, and end up with unreadable/unusable cards. And I'm generally over-cautious with my gear.

    The other consideration with CF media is read/write speed. Microdrive Cards generally come in behind the solid-state CF cards - so the read/write of your pics may take longer.

    I've moved to Lexar Pro, and Sandisk Extreme cards exclusively, both for speed, and for the solid state reliability.

    It really depends on your priority for use - is it $$ limited, or mission-critical that you not lose your data.
    (Note- I'm not saying that a solid state card can't fail, but my experience is that the Microdrives will fail sooner/more often.)

    Hope that helps...
     


  2. sjfrellc

    sjfrellc CLM

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    That helps very much. I think a 1 Gig compact flash is the better way to go for a Nikon D70.
     
  3. Cirric

    Cirric technogoob

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    Watch out - they are like potato chips - and you'll always want more ;)
     
  4. I use a 4gb microdrive in my Canon 1DMKII and it works well. Mine isn't quite a year old, so I'm not sure what the long term reliability will be. I think microdrives are still cheaper per byte than other technologies.
     
  5. Cirric

    Cirric technogoob

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    I agree - the Microdrives can be much cheaper - including ripping them out of certain MP3 players... (Which ALMOST makes them cheap enough to be "disposable".)

    I just got a bad taste when the media started to degrade - and I started to lose pictures.
     
  6. goblue

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    Been using a 4gb microdrive ripped out of a cheap mp3 player about 1.5 years ago. sits in my laptop daily and still works like a champ. That being said, I'd probably go for a 1 or 2gb flash card now for the speed.
     
  7. j doty

    j doty

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    Another option is to get 256 or 512 flash cards to stock up faster without a big outlay for 1 gig cards. That way , if a card goes bad, 512 or 256 hurts less than 1 gig. Also, if you get some really one-time photos,you can just save the card as-is as an extra backup, and saving a 256-er hurts less than a 1 or 2-giger...
     
  8. sjfrellc

    sjfrellc CLM

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    I ordered a Lexpro 1gb cf card 80x when I ordered my new Nikon D70. (around $130).
    When I called to confirm the purchase as directed by the email notification, they told me it was out of stock and I asked how long it would take to get it in. Oh... about 5 weeks. So I told them to add a Hitachi 3 gig microdrive for about same price.
    Well both showed up at the same time. The 3 gig gives me anywhere from 800 to 1600 pics.