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24739Re: Low power / quiet drive

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  • dystopianrebel
    Jan 5, 2011
      I only use Hitachi microdrives, and I've found them to be very reliable. Which brand were you using?

      --- In nslu2-linux@yahoogroups.com, nslu@... wrote:
      > My own experince with microdrives is that they die quicker than flash
      > drives, at every opertunity they try to park the heads and IIRC from
      > reading the datasheet its rated to 300k head parks, when listening to
      > mp3's on the zaurus c3000 you hit that pretty quickly
      > i did end up replacing the microdrive with a cf card on a brand new
      > zarus and moving the micro drive to the slug (so i could ahve a swap
      > file) howeer had to ditch it after the drive died (tick of death)
      > if you do go down the microdrive, make sure you apply those flash
      > hacks to prevent writing to disk, they will make the drive last longer
      > as a side note, CF cards tend to last longer as a swap file than SD
      > cards do (or at least they did a couple of years back) we belive it
      > had to do with the quality of the flash chips and drive controllers
      > (which at the time were of much higher quality than SD cards, sandisk
      > SD cards came close but were still beaten by a mid range CF card)
      > another side note, IIRC a microdrive cost 3-5 times more than a CF
      > card and few cards were avalible in the same capacity
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