No more microdrive

Sadly, my microdrive bit the dust.

the non-working microdrive

When it came out, it was almost $500.

Amazing what a little three inch drop to the ground while transferring it to my compact flash reader will do. Believe it or not–they’re not so strong as they are purported to be.

Thankfully, when it comes to memory cards, my card was not alone in dropping… the prices have fallen too. Even 2 gigabyte compact flash cards are looking cheaper (and much faster).

As far as durability, solid state is the way to go. I lost a few good pictures to this now click-clacking compact flash card.

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5 Responses to “No more microdrive”

  1. Kreg Steppe says:

    Today, I heard the screams of a thousand pictures cry out in horror…then suddenly silenced. I feel your pain.

    I recently reformatted my HD, and realized that I forgot to backup my pictures…I was very proud of myself that day.

  2. Joe says:

    A microdrive is NOT compactflash. They just conform to the same controller spec. The durability of CF is amazing.

  3. Garrett says:

    Yes, you’re right — it’s not flash — but it does have a compact flash interface and works in devices which use compact flash (type II).

    I’ve had no problems with my actual compact flash card, and I will be getting another one to replace the microdrive.

    At the time, the microdrive was way, way cheaper than the real CF. Now, it’s just as cheap (if not cheaper) to go with flash memory.

  4. Ben Hill says:

    A letter in the recent copy of Digital Photograpy User suggested that using several smaller smaller storage media was preferable to using one large one. Failures and losses of the smaller media is easier to deal with, and apparently smaller storage uses less power, especially I’d guess if it’s flash type memory.

  5. I have had mine for 2 years and havwen’t had any problems (yet).

    Dropped it a couple of times and nearly had a heart attack each time but I have been lucky so far.