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Old Jul 11, 2002, 5:46 PM   #1
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I've been hobbling along with a handfull of 128 and 80mb cards in my Dimage 7 and haven't been able to bring myself to buy a Microdrive yet. The price hasn't been dropping as it's a one supplier item rather than a commodity like CF. The cheapest I have been able to find is $270-280. A similar size Cf would be much more expensive but I think that mid capcity capacity cards are approaching the $/megabyte ratio of the microdrive. Fry's electronics has Sandisk 384mb Cf cards for $109 now. It's tempting but I'm going to hold out for a 512mb card for $150. One of those gives me capacity for at least 200 fine JPGs at max resolution or 50 RAW files. Of course I realize I'll pay more for a high speed CF card and when the larger capacity microdrives come out the price on the remaining 1gb stock will drop and throw off all my calculations.

FWIW I intended to use 256mb cards in my Dimage 7 but the Mr Flash 256MB card I bought last December for $90 doesn't work in the D7. Works like a champ in my Canon A10 and holds over 360 1.3mp shots
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I thought I saw OEM Iomega microdrives @ Ritz for $249 on one of the sunday flyers... The problem is backing up on the Mindstor which always seems to run out of batteries (x4 AAA NiMh)
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Just saw this ad from d_store: $234.99 for the 1G with a $20 rebate
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Old Jul 12, 2002, 2:39 PM   #4
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You da man HNL Microdrive city for me. After checking resellerratings.com and finding almost nothing but excellent feedback on d-store.com I ordered my microdrive. I should have it in time for vacation. less than 25/megabyte!
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Old Jul 13, 2002, 11:51 AM   #5
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on your power AC supply (wall wart) for your mindstor what is the output volt and current draw? also could you measure the tip length and dia in mm. if i decide to get one of those you mentioned that the batteries don't cut it for 1g microdrive xfers. i'd like to see if DCB has a power cable to run the mindstor off my 30w BP.
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sjms, take your device to Nerd Central (Radio Shack ) and find the adapt a plug display. Thjey should have a medusa with every possible power cord tip for the different size plugs they sell. It's tricky to measure the inside of the plug you already have but this makes it simple.
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I don't think you'll need to run the DCB to the MindStor since you're only using this device for downloading the microdrive once (or twice) a day, and that's about how much the MindStor can last on it's 4x AAA rechargeable batteries (700mAh)... It can probably run longer downloading smaller flash cards!

I normally leave the MindStor back @ the condo and use it to download only in the evenings. What I was complaining about is that I also need to bring along it's own 9V, 1100mA charger AND its own USB/Firewire connector interface (since that's how they are connected together) along for the trip even though I try not to bring the laptop anymore...But just in case you need to know it looks just like the D7 plug with the center terminal positive.
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ok, good news. but just in case.

with all the money i made in the stock market the past 2 weeks it i can afford it. yeah...right.


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Old Jul 13, 2002, 11:23 PM   #9
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That's funny, but I'm also heavily leverage in the market... Should we start another thread as well !!!

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why not. i think we're just starting to have some fun.
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