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Commanderraf
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:45 pm    Post subject: How about a Seagate MicroDrive? Reply with quote

Greetings,

After storing yet another Compact Flash in the "unusable CF" drawer I've been wondering if there's an alternative for this. At first (a "US Modular" 1gb CF) I thought the reason it stopped writing/reading data at roughly 500 mb was because I bought it second hand. On the second time (a 2 gb adata card) I thought it was because I had been using it quite harshly (was the time when I was using the WiFi modem), but this last time (an 8 gb adata card) it was nearly a catastrophe: I had just made a back up of all my data a week and a half earlier, and the card stopped working without any reason whatsoever.

I'm fed up with having to buy a CF card almost every year, so, searching in the net I re-found the MicroDrives. Yeah, they may be power consuming, but they don't have the reading/writing cycle limitations that I suppose have been the doom of my CF cards. And its not like I go hiking with my E-125, so I suppose the delicate innards would be safely guarded with the normal use I give to my PDA.

The thing is that, here in Mexico City, the cutest reply for my query for a MicroDrive was a "what's that?" in the supposedly marketplace for electronic components, leaving only the eBay option for buying one. I've found two options

http://cgi.ebay.com/Seagate-CF-II-ST1-2-8GB-MicroDrive-with-1000-MP3s-HDD_W0QQitemZ270531473228QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCC_Drives_Storage_Internal?hash=item3efceeaf4c#ht_500wt_975

and

http://cgi.ebay.com/Seagate-8-gb-ST1-2-Microdrive-ST68022CF_W0QQitemZ330405054927QQcmdZViewItemQQptZPCC_Drives_Storage_Internal?hash=item4cedad09cf#ht_500wt_975

They both look like CF II compatible cards, but I've read in the net that there are MicroDrives usable only with modern appliances (like iPods and digital recorders), so I would like to know if any of these two are usable with my Casio Cassiopeia E-125 that runs Windows CE 3.0

If not, does anybody knows where I could buy a 8gb Microdrive that can be used with my PDA?

Thanks in advance.

-Commanderraf
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
You may run into problems with the CompactFlash driver supporting the size of the drive. Also, there have been problems with power using hard drives in the CF slot - they usually use more power than a traditional flash drive.

Also CF flash cards are sensitive to being moved while spinning while flash is not.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those MicroDrives should work, since atadisk.dll is supposed to support MicroDrives from Windows CE 2.11 forward. Because they draw a lot of power, though (as opposed to standard solid-state Compact Flash cards), expect the device's battery to use up a full charge much faster.
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