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IBM's Amazing Microdrive
1GB Microdrive for $320: Newegg.com as of 9/6/2001 offers the 1GB Microdrive with travel kit for $320 plus shipping.
[Update: On 11/15/2000, Cnet posted a review of the 340MB IBM CompactFlash sized hard drive. IBM currently offers 512MB and 1GB versions. Prices have dropped on the 340MB version since this articlce was originally published. The Cnet review includes a link to their latest prices from several sources on the 340MB model.]
To offload the main news, this page will list compatibility info, owner comments and tips on the IBM Compactflash sized 340MB Microdrive. The related links below also includes reviews of the Casio 3.3MegaPixel QV-3000EX that has the Microdrive included in the $999 (list) Pro Bundle kit.
" Regarding the Casio 3000EX and 340 MB Microdrive...the camera is awesome, hi-res photos, good color. The Microdrive is compatible with my PowerBook. I was able to track down and purchase a PC adapter from the IBM Parts Dept. (1-800-388-7080), Part No. N8075 (340MB ADPT) for only $18.00 plus shipping. Thanks for the info on the camera.
"IBM's Microdrive is a CompactFlash Type II (aka. CF+) device, which means that it is 5.0mm thick as opposed to Type I CompactFlash at 3.3mm. Standard CompactFlash to PCMCIA adapters won't work because of this size issue, and CF+ to PCMCIA adapters are available from IBM only as part of the Travel Kit option, which includes a Microdrive. Socket Communications manufactures CF+ adapters, but we haven't tested them with the Microdrive. Our company will be releasing a CF+ adapter in the near future.
IBM's Microdrive compatibility page also lists reader/writers (adapters) they have tested for compatibility.
Epson 850z/Microdrive Tip: Another reader sent a tip on getting the microdrive to work with his Epson 850z which is not on the current digital camera compatibility list:
"By the way, I got the micro drive to use with my Epson 850z digital camera. Initially this turned out to be a disappointment. After formatting with epson software the camera led screen would indicate the camera was ready to take A LOT of pictures in the four different resolutions available, but after a very few (about 15) hi-res photos the led screen would indicate that memory was full .
Based on Serge's report, you can add the Pismo (Powerbook Firewire) to the list.
According to Casio's press release, the camera alone lists for $799 ($999 with microdrive). It does not come with the PCcard adapter however and the drive won't fit in most standard Compactflash adapters (see above posts and links for compatible adapters). Of course you could always use the USB connector on the camera to transfer data if the Microdrive didn't work on powerbooks.
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