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1GB IBM Microdrive

I'm very much interested in purchasing this microdrive because of its massive storage potential but I was wondering if it was noisy or had slow writing speeds. If anyone could fill me in on how this drive would work with my Axim X5 I'd really appreciate it.

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Re: 1GB IBM Microdrive

Microdrives are NOT faster than CF, BECAUSE they actually have moving parts, CF is all solid state, no wait times for the heads to move, platters to spin up, etc... That said, I have a Microdrive 340 megs I use in my BE-300, VERY cool technology but also quite sensitive, my first 340 died only 2 days after I got it, had to exchange for another and this one I am MUCH more careful with. Suffice it to say, I use a 256 meg CF card for primary memory and keep the Mdrive it's own protective case just for the "wow" factor, if I want REAL storage I have a pcmcia 2 gig hdd that I use with a CF-PCMCIA adapter, I also plan to use this setup with my new axim, although I also have a 256 sc card on the way for xmas, so between that and my 256 cf card I'll be in good shape and save the moving drives for extra storage. Speed wise you won't notice much of a difference between the cf and the mdrive, but CF IS typically faster, esp. high speed CF... It's also more expensive though. I would recommend the IBM microdrive, just make sure it has a good warranty just in case, a 1 gig mdrive would be sweet to have but I'm going to wait for the 1 gig sd cards to fall in price...

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Re: 1GB IBM Microdrive

I used a 340mb Microdrive in my iPaq for the last 2 years of so. I never noticed any loud noise. Very good transfer speeds while listening to MP3's Please note that it will eat away at your battery (newer ones are supposed to be better). Be careful with handling becase it is rotating media so it was get damaged if shocked or crushed. I am very happy with mine. I plan on using it in my Axim as well. (Along with a new 256mb SD card and CF wireless ethernet card I bought).

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Re: 1GB IBM Microdrive

I got my 1gig microdrive last Wed. UPS says my Axim is going to be delivered today. I'll let you know how the microdrive performs as soon as he axim is charged.

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