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Old Jun 9, 2002, 9:40 PM   #1
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I read the reviews on this site and plan to get two 340 MB IBM microdrives to use with the Canon D 60. Just how fragile are these drives? Is the protective plastic case they come in enough and the armored Media vault case overkill?
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The 340Mb microdrive is an older design and consumes almost twice the power of the 512/1G Mb model. At this density I think the 256Mb CF flash is more flexible since you'll have to remove them more often ...

I prefer the 1G anyway since they it never leave the camera, and if your camera survive the shock so does the microdrive.
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What happens in the event the 1GB microdrive fails during remote travel? How likely is that? I thought it would be a good idea to have two 340 MB microdrives and an extra battery pack. I'm not sure that I want to buy two 1 GB microdrives (at $300 each) right off the bat in addition to the D 60 kit, lens etc.
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There's no doubt that CF cards are more reliable than the Microdrive, but I have use this device for almost a year now, and even in humid sandy beach to build enough confidence in it. Since it's a mechanical drive it's better to leave it inside the camera and download each evening with a MindStor back home/lodging rather than swapping 340Mb in and out (you have more chance of dropping them !).

... Beside using more power the 170/340Mb drives are also slower than their 512/1G ...

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Thanks for the advice, NHL. Based on further research and your input, I'm going with the 1 GB microdrive. I am just going to leave the chip in the camera for the entire trip (4 weeks in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia). Having the Mindstor to download photos into each night is an option too since I don't travel with a laptop. I also want to keep things as simple and as light weight as possible. A Mindstor ia another $400, weighs as much as the Canon D 60, needs batteries.....I'm still debating whether or not I'll be too uneasy not having back up for the microdrive if it malfunctions. It gets expensive to buy a D 60, lenses, microdrive(s), Mindstor, etc........

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Yea, its a surprise to me also. I'm contemplaying a D60/D100 as well, but when my friend showed me his D60 the other day I was aghasted by its weight even after removing one battery from the handgrip! I guess I was spoiled by my D7, but I sure can use the extra focusing speed of the D60!

considering the D60 is mostly polycarbonate and the D7 is mostly metal, but I think his lens added more to the weight especially his IS 'stabilized' one... There's definitely a lot of heft !

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NHL, do you download photos from your micro drive in your camera directly to USB rather than using an external card/micro drive reader?
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I usually download from my HP PhotoSmart printer that has a card reader built-in. On week long trip I download the microdrives to the MindStor until I can back to my computers at home.

You'll find that the D7(i) USB port is too slow for large data from the microdive, and the MindStor or any firewire(IEEE 1394) reader are best for faster data transfer... Beside I don't find hooking up the camera to the PC very convenient, and you'll also need the AC adapter since you don't want the battery to run out in the middle of the download. You can also not use the camera while it's downloading and the miniature USB connector on the camera looks kind of fragile for repeated use as well...
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