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Old Feb 6, 2004, 6:32 AM   #1
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Default Cheap 4GB Hitachi Microdrive

~$199. Just passing on the info.

http://www.andymack.com/mylog/

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Basically buy the 4GB creative Muvo. Pull out the 4GB Microdrive. If you want to use it you can put something smaller back in.

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Old Feb 7, 2004, 5:56 AM   #2
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Excellent tip... now we just need for the device to be released. Currently the #1 on the favorite list! :P

... of course no one can prevent them from shipping with a 4G MagicStor in the States, but still an excellent price either way.
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Excellent tip... now we just need for the device to be released. Currently the #1 on the favorite list! :P

... of course no one can prevent them from shipping with a 4G MagicStor in the States, but still an excellent price either way.
I ordered mine from Dell. Here is a few tips though. They look like they are going to ship more and more units with solder. This may only be easy for a few months. Also some people reported the success of using the Muvo with a smaller CF card is greater if you Ghost the 4GB and write the image to the smaller one. Apparently there is 3k worth of information it is looking for. Anyway I just ordered one from Dell for $203 including Tax (in Texas). I've heared of people buying 3-4 or these You should be able to fit more that 500 images in RAW mode on a 1D or 300D :shock: BTW be careful not to use these over 8000ft. The effectiveness of keeping the head off the platter reduces with altitude.

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Old Feb 7, 2004, 1:44 PM   #4
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... Just ordered from Dell, only $188!!! (-10% off and free shipping!) :P

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Be careful of that "buy the Muvo and remove the Microdrive" thing, I've heard that there is some non-standard interface mods done to the drive. Just FYI, not sure if true or not. I just picked up a new 4GB Hitachi microdrive from an eBay'er for $330. Works great in my Nikon D100, now it says I can take "1.2k" pictures on the data LCD.

That's 33 rolls of 36-exposure film that would be needed to take 1200 pictures. Figure a cost of $7 per roll of film and a minimum of $8 per roll for processing that's about $495. Now who says that digital is more expensive than film ? :twisted:

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steve, dont forget you can use that card over and over again :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Has anyone since tried this and found anything they'd like to share?
I have heard on different forums that the write speed of these drives is quite slow compared to others, is this the case? Would this matter in say, a 300D? or only in a full-blooded Pro camera where lots & lots of data is being written. ( longer continuous shooting modes )..

Any info would be grand...
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Has anyone since tried this and found anything they'd like to share?
I have heard on different forums that the write speed of these drives is quite slow compared to others, is this the case? Would this matter in say, a 300D? or only in a full-blooded Pro camera where lots & lots of data is being written. ( longer continuous shooting modes )..

Any info would be grand...
I'll let everyone know when my order arrive, also FYI the Mini iPod also use the same drive!

Also the microdrives are rated for 4-6MB/s (ie 32-40x) so they are plenty fast, but they do rely on fast camera H/W as well! 8)
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Just noticed you said you paid $188 for it. Damn!

Over here ( AU ), the only price I could easily find for one was over $500 for the 4GB version. Another example of Australian's getting the short straw when it comes to tech.
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Can you order from Dell in Australia?



Theses MP3 manufacturers buy theses drives in large quantities and pass on the saving, whereas we the consumers buy in single's and with the packaging/distribution/advertising and warranty cost (taxes in other countries) etc... they quickly add up!
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