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Old Apr 16, 2004, 6:17 PM   #1
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Hi, Can someone please explain the difference between IBM Microdrive 512MB, 1GB & a C/F 512mb, 1GB card.
I hope to have a Minolta A1 soon & in steve's review of the camera under specs it states camera will take IBM Microdrive (170MB, 340MB, 512MB, 1GB) are these microdrives faster than the C/F cards or no difference, also if I buy one of each can they both be fitted at the same time in the camera so it gives more options to the amount of shots you can take before changing to empty media.
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Old Apr 16, 2004, 6:23 PM   #2
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Hi, Can someone please explain the difference between IBM Microdrive 512MB, 1GB & a C/F 512mb, 1GB card.
I hope to have a Minolta A1 soon & in steve's review of the camera under specs it states camera will take IBM Microdrive (170MB, 340MB, 512MB, 1GB) are these microdrives faster than the C/F cards or no difference, also if I buy one of each can they both be fitted at the same time in the camera so it gives more options to the amount of shots you can take before changing to empty media.
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The IBM Microdrive is actually a tiny hard drive that spins. The CF is not a hard drive.

As for your other questions, I don't know.
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Old Apr 18, 2004, 11:18 PM   #3
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CF cards come in a wide variety of speeds--from very slow to VERY fast. Microdrives are generally fast--they will definately be faster than the slow CF cards, but not as fast as some of the new, very fast CF cards.

I'm pretty sure that the Minolta A1 only has a single card slot, so you will only be able to have 1 card in the camera at any one time.
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Old Apr 19, 2004, 12:28 AM   #4
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I'm pretty sure that the Minolta A1 only has a single card slot, so you will only be able to have 1 card in the camera at any one time.
Yep. you right, but why someone would like to have 2 cards at the same time. I can't see any advantages.
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Old Apr 19, 2004, 6:32 AM   #5
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Hi, Can someone please explain the difference between IBM Microdrive 512MB, 1GB & a C/F 512mb, 1GB card.
The 512MB/1G Microdrive are the 2nd generation microdrives... They draw less power than the 170MB/340MB 1st generation microdrives, but are also slighly slower (still faster than most common flash cards)

The 4G microdrives are the latest with improved design, and with the correct hardware inside the camera, it's also proven to be the fastest: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mul...?cid=6007-6817
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Old Apr 20, 2004, 5:20 PM   #6
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Hi Russell

Ive got a A1 there is only 1 card slot that accepts cf and micro drives. I brought a magicstor 2.2 gb microdrive from 7dayshop.com for just over a 100 and it works great! heres a link

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/prod...ducts_id=87896

(sorry if im not allowed to link to a online store)

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I'm glad that Magicstor 2.2GB Microdrive works for you because it doesn't work very well for most other people. I have one here and it works in a few cameras, doesn't work in others and gets quite hot when it is reading or writing for any period of time. Other people relate the same experiences with it. I'd suggest sticking with IBM or Hitachi Microdrives.

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I have the 2.2GB MagicStor too... this is their 1st try and it does draw lot more current that the newer microdrives. It also works on the 10D, but in case anyone has a problem try a fully charged battery for the initial surge when the device 1st spinned up.
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