microdrives

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by david, Apr 29, 2005.

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    david Guest

    Whats the problem with microdrives? I can buy a 5GB microdrivce for the same
    price as a high end 1 oe 2 GB CF. Where's the catch???

    David
     
    david, Apr 29, 2005
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    Neil Barker Guest

    Basically, three things:-

    1) They're thicker than solid-state CF cards and therefore not all
    cameras will take them - depends on the slot thickness.

    2) Being miniature hard disks, they're fragile.

    3) They have slower read/write times than solid-state devices.

    4) They have a higher power consumption than solid-state devices.


    When we bought 12 Nikon D1Hs back in September 2001, we ordered them
    with 1Mb IBM Microdrives. At the time they cost us about 240UKP each -
    the largest capacity CF card at the time was 256Mb and that would have
    cost us about 700 quid !

    Now they've basically been OK, but several have failed and have been
    replaced with Lexar 40/80x Pro cards - which you can now pick up for
    about 50-60 quid.

    One particular Microdrive failed with one of my photographers' entire
    day's work on and he was somewhat distraught. It was making a 'whirring
    sound' that didn't sound at all healthy. I tried all manner of recovery
    options at home, but it just wasn't spinning up for very long. As a
    last ditch measure, I dropped it onto a hard floor from 5ft (they're
    actually supposed to survive this, according to their tech specs....)
    and then tried it - it worked just long enough to get the data off and
    it now sits on my desk as a paper weight :)

    They don't particularly like cold weather, either.
     
    Neil Barker, Apr 29, 2005
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    Mark Dunn Guest

    We'll take that as a no, then. If you prefer to keep your photographs all
    day long.
     
    Mark Dunn, Apr 29, 2005
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