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Old Mar 27, 2004, 3:48 PM   #1
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Default 4 GB microdrive from muvo2 and 10D

I just got my Muvo2 yesterday, after waiting for almost 2 months. I tore the Microdrive out of it, and it works wonderfully!
I have read the topics about changing the formatting data to 32k cluster size to improve performance. I am formatting the drive as I type, and will post again to let people know if it seems to make much of a difference.
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Old Mar 27, 2004, 4:25 PM   #2
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Mind telling us where and how much? All the places I try to get one are out of stock and ebay is a graveyard of cannibalized Muvo's LOL
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Old Mar 27, 2004, 4:36 PM   #3
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I await your test results, should actually double the speed. A difference like that I'm sure you will notice but we'll see.Are you done yet? Patience was never one of my stronger attributes!
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mrkryz,
I actually got it Friday, but ordered it from Dell on Feb 8th for about $188.10 if I recall correctly! I just had to be patient (believe me it wasnt easy).
As far as speed goes, in default format, it seems to take forever (about 100-110 seconds) to write a buffer full of large/fine jpegs. When I reformatted it to 32k cluster size, it seems to write the same just a smidgen slower than my 512 mb Lexar WA 40X card.
Desclaimer: No scientific equipment was harmed during this testing!
Remeber, I am not a crazy lab guy, or a raving lunatic that reviews everything on the market. As far as I am concerned, the device works wonderfully, and having it sped up is awesome. I am VERY pleased with it!
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Oh yeah, I forgot to say something...
The pictures left counter on the 10D only goes up to 999!!!
I took 140 pictures this afternoon and the counter stayed at 999 the whole time. I am giddy as a schoolgirl!
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Old Mar 28, 2004, 11:37 AM   #6
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Oh yeah, I forgot to say something...
The pictures left counter on the 10D only goes up to 999!!!
I took 140 pictures this afternoon and the counter stayed at 999 the whole time. I am giddy as a schoolgirl!
Yeah, but I have you switch to RAW?
... It says 487, slighly more than the 1G drive on JPEG! :lol: :lol: :lol:

BTW I also ordered from Dell the day before Gandalf065 and I got mine(s) almost immediately... even though they emailed me almost right afterward saying they were out of stock and won't ship before April!
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487???
Counter says 645 at ISO 100 and RAW on my 10D.
Interesting....
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Old Mar 28, 2004, 9:04 PM   #8
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Dont microdrives have to be designed for the type of heat produced in the camera? I read other posts about the flash or drives getting hot and I was wondering f the mp3 player microdrives are built for the same tolerances.

Also the 1 GB microdrive from IBM seems much faster than any flash drive 13.3 MBps
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...1&loc=101&sp=1

But the 4 GB drive is a lowly 5.2 Mbps??
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...1&loc=101&sp=1

Can anyone confirm this?
5.2 Mbps = what speed CF device?


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In order to get the speed rating of the drive, take the write speed (in this case 5.2 mbps) and turn it into kbps.
So... 5200 kbps.
Now divide it by 300 kbps, and you get your answer.
5200/300 = 17.33
The write speed is 17X.
However, something to keep in mind is that microdrives are not always ready to read/write. For power conservation, they do not spin constantly. When you take a picture, or acess the drive after a period of inactivity, it has to "spool up" or get up to the correct speed and be ready to read/write. That is what really seems to slow microdrives down from a solid state card.

As far as heat tolerances are concerned, continuous writing of full buffers from my 10D does heat up the drive, but after about 300 pictures in a row, it kept going like a champ.
Again, I will state I am no amazing technical expert, I just give a personal opinion of stuff that I have used.
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487???
Counter says 645 at ISO 100 and RAW on my 10D.
Interesting....
I have RAW+Large (jpeg)... on RAW+small (jpeg) you should have 647!


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Also the 1 GB microdrive from IBM seems much faster than any flash drive 13.3 MBps
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...1&loc=101&sp=1

But the 4 GB drive is a lowly 5.2 Mbps??
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...1&loc=101&sp=1

Can anyone confirm this?
5.2 Mbps = what speed CF device?


THANKS!

km
The 4G Microdrive is the fastest microdrive around provided the hardware is there to support it (check it out on the Kodak DCS Pro): http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mul...?cid=6007-6817

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