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May 9, 2005 12:08 PM PST

My microdrive died this weekend. Spinning media really sucks, especially in portable devices. I didn't drop it or anything. I put it in my USB reader and copied over a video file, it all worked fine. Then I removed it and put it into my Ipaq (power off) and it was no longer recognized. Now it seems to have a mini 'click of death' sound coming from it.
What makes this an even larger shame is that I was on a forum a week or so ago defending their reliability. Oh well.
I looked online to see how much they are now, and they have really come down in price over last year. About 160.00 now for 4G. They also have the 6G generally available now. Flash is still too expensive for large sizes.

Comments (5)
Paul, May 10, 2005 04:33 PM:

Why are you storing data? That is so old economy.

John, May 10, 2005 08:25 PM:

Sigh, if my device where 'always connected' then I would not need to store data.

John, May 11, 2005 10:05 PM:

My new microdrive replacement arrived today. I'm back up and running. A few thoughts:

I wonder what the life span of these things really is. One of their biggest uses is in high end digital cameras. This is not a continuous use scenario. I've been using mine nearly everyday for many hours at a time. I guess I'll find out how long this new one lasts.

I've recently been pushing for mobile devices like pocketPc / smartphone to have hard drives built in. I'm not so sure anymore. Having them be removable may cost a bit more, but it's nice when upgrading device like I did recently. It's also handy to use them to transfer files around if you have a usb reader.

George, May 12, 2005 04:11 PM:

you might want to read the "Drive Usage" section on page 4 of this:


John, May 13, 2005 09:59 AM:

Seriously lame.
I already have the thing 'powered on' for more than the recommended 140 hours per month since my Ipaq is docked all day at work plus my travel time in the car.

The actual 'use' recommendations are only 20% of that time. This works out to 1.4 hours per day if you exclude weekends. So I guess the key to that is to make sure to use software that caches the data so the drive can spin down. I had been using Media Player for my music alot of the time since my wireless headphone buttons only work with it. But since it doesn't cache, I guess I'll make sure to only use pocket player with a reasonably large cache size.
I wish large capacity flash prices would come down.

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