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Old Jun 13, 2002, 2:40 PM   #1
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I had heard that IBM was coming out with a 2.5 microdrive. ANy truth to that? If so, any knowledge of it being on the horizon, or perhaps already here?
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It's probably imminent judging by how Iomega are clearing out their 1G oem stock; However, a bigger problem is the current limitation of Fat-16 to 2G. It'll probably take a while for the camera manufacturers to ammend(or agree) on their DCF standard.

Also I believe IBM just sold their entire hardisk business to Toshiba, so there might be some monkey wrenching there as well...

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It's probably imminent judging by how Iomega are clearing out their 1G oem stock; However, a bigger problem is the current limitation of Fat-16 to 2G. It'll probably take a while for the camera manufacturers to ammend(or agree) on their DCF standard.

Also I believe IBM just sold their entire hardisk business to Toshiba, so there might be some monkey wrenching there as well...

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I also heard that a 5GB Microdrive is right around the corner. By end of year maybe. Wonder if they'll be able to handle the FAT 32 problem with firmware updates for older cameras?
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The IBM Microdrive, like the flash cards, are fat-"free". The problem is that all current commercial digital camera must abide by the DCF standard that still call for DOS Fat...(anybody still remember this?)

Newer firmware will probably solve the FAT-32, but it will probably slow the camera down considerably (if you recall the switch from Win 3.1 to 95) the camera 'antique' processor will be the bottleneck then. I think the camera manufacturers will rather do the partition scheme to multiple drives reminescent of the good old PC days for compatibility sake than jumping on the Fat-32 bandwagon before the JEIDA government body adopt a new standard.
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