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Old 10-07-2005, 06:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have any info of how they perform
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Re: Sony 1-2 gig micro drives
Old 10-07-2005, 07:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I suspect that the Sony micro drives are just like the Hitachi ones. In fact Sony may be licensing them from Hitachi (Hitachi bought the rights from IBM). I have one of the 2gb Hitachi drives, and 1 of the 1gb IBM Microdrives, and several other CF cards. The microdrives are considerably faster than any of my CF cards. The Hitachi is much faster than the older IBM version. I bought the Hitachi 2gb drive for $69 after a rebate, so they are very cost effective. But I'm seeing some places sell a 4gb Sony for $150, so the price on all of them has dropped. Some people are afraid, that since they have moving parts, that they may not be as reliable as the regular CF cards. I've been using the IBM one for 4 years and it still works like a champ. Keep in mind that you can't use them at elevations above about 7500 feet, so that can be a drawback if you are a climber or shooting from a airplane or copter.



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Re: Sony 1-2 gig micro drives
Old 10-07-2005, 09:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've been shooting with an IBM for four years also. I have alsp Lexar 1 gig 80X with WA. I need to buy at least 2 more gigs and the Hitachi price seemed to be a good deal. Any good leads where to shop?
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I bought my 2gb microdrive at Fry's Electronics. They had it with a rebate at the time which got the cost down to $69.
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Old 10-08-2005, 06:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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How rugged are the micro drives? I've never used one, but had a CF card make it through the washer and dryer and still working fine?

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Well they won't survive the washing machine and dryer. But then neither would your camera. Since they have moving parts they are more subject to damage than the solid state cards. My rule on all cards is to treat them like the camera. I don't get careless with them.
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Re: Sony 1-2 gig micro drives
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Go to RobGalbraith.com. He has a database thst rates most storage media as to its performance in most cameras. Microdrives seem a bit slower than top of the line CF cards, more fragile, but less expemsive. You chose.

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