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WHO has had a micro drive fail
Old 04-22-2003, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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just wondering, cuz at under a nickle a meg on the 1 gig, I sure do like the price.

Currently I have a 1 gig microdrive and a 512 mb flash. need to buy some more storage,

So a show of hands on the ones that have failed, please tell how long you had it before it failed.

and if no failure tell how long you have had it also.

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Re: WHO has had a micro drive fail
Old 04-22-2003, 11:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have 2, with no problems. But, I have only shot about 7000 images with the S2

I like them. Just take care of our equipment and it should take care of you.


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I have two 1GB drives
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I use them for months now.
One of them just fail on me last weekend.
For no particular reason.
When I insert it in my camera, the camera stop working.

I guess that flash cards are more reliable.
But they are also more expensive.
I can buy another drive to replace the dammaged one.
And the total price is still less than flash card (last time I check)





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Re: WHO has had a micro drive fail
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Wow... a thread I can actually respnd intelligently on...wait...that didn't sound right....

But not to ramble.... Most don't actually know this but the full time job I am a freelance tech analyst on contract with the great blue borg... yup IBM...

I have two well.. I had two if I can ever recover the one loaned out...IBM Microdrives...the one gig variety and can honestly say I have never had any problem out of mine. And for that matter havent had any come in to the department I work with that went bad...

They have thier quirks.....they do not like being formatted outside of the camera...especially on 2000 and XP machines because the default is NTFS and the cameras cant read that...They can be slow downloading NEFs if you shoot those...

But for sheer space (320 jpeg fines or 110 NEFs) you cant beat them....suppose to have a couple of the two gig cards headed my way to play with but it may be a week or so before I get them...

Clint, hope this helps and feel free to contact me directly if ya have any more questions....


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I have two 1 Gig Microdrives that I alternate them when shooting.

With over 30,000 exposures between them, I've yet to have any problems.
 
 
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I was a huge proponent for Microdrives. I had bought one when they first came out (the 1gig). It was great for the 2 years I had it. Then one day while getting ready to shoot, it just failed. No particular reason other than "it was time".

Microdrives are nothing more than really small hard drives. The better you treat them the longer they will last. However, jostling the camera, bumping your camera bag, regular handing all cause the heads potentially crash. No hard drive last forever and neither will these. Compact Flash cards have been known to go thru the a complete wash/rinse cycle, dry out then still work perfectly fine.

At 5 cents per 1 meg that would make the cost something like $50. If you are buying a used one then heaven help you. The going price (from what I see on pricewatch.com) is around $200. You can find 1 gig Compact Flash cards on sale for close to that price. Instead I would recommend a device to offload your pictures to while on the road shooting (commonly refered to as digital wallets).
 
 
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I think my math was off. but will look into the 1 gig CF cards though
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anyone have a favorite brand?
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Clint I stay with 256mg scan disk or lexar..brands you can get them on the web for $49-59..if use anything higher and your disk fails you have lost a good many photos..I figure if a card goes bad I have only lost 256mgs and not 1 gig of photos...it doesnt take 10 seconds to change out a card during a shoot and the extra 256 cards dont take up much room in my photo vest or on my belt. I would hate to shoot all day with a 1 gig card to find out it has failed and have no photos to show for my efforts.
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The operative word here is "fail". Why would want to put all of eggs in one basket and then have it fail? I use rotating 256 cards...6 of them and download to alternating image banks when I don't have access to a computer.
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