4GB Microdrive for 10D
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Ray Soemarsono
Registered: Jul 28, 2003
Total Posts: 3883
Country: United States

I read in other forums somewhere that the portable MP3 player Nomad MuVo2 4GB uses a Hitachi Microdrive for its storage.

So I plunked down $299.99 to buy the MuVo (instead of $499.99 for the 4GB MD), got it today, did an emergency surgery, and extracted the microdrive from the MP3 player. Then I put it in my 10D, formatted the card, and happily saw the frame counter went up to 647 for RAW images!!!!! Not bad at all.







And now, I have this brand new, ultra portable MP3 player split open without any storage and I started thinking, "Will a 1GB Microdrive work for a replacement?"
So I installed a 1GB MD, powered the MuVo, and it gave me an error message. After digging through nomadworld.com website, I downloaded the firmware update and got the MuVo to work.

So, I got a 4GB Microdrive AND an MP3 player for $299.99 (plus shipping). Now I can take tons of photos while listening to hours of music. Life is good!


Edited by rsoemarsono on Jan 14, 2004 at 06:18 AM GMT


jmcfadden
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
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Hey man now that is cool ! Great work , how tough was it to get open?

J



Ray Soemarsono
Registered: Jul 28, 2003
Total Posts: 3883
Country: United States

Not tough at all. Ground yourself before opening the electronics. Use a micro screwdriver (eyeglass repair type) to open a total of 8 tiny screws, 4 for the exterior cover and 4 mounting screws. Gently lift the pcb using a flathead screwdriver, flip to other side, and carefully pry the pins from the microdrive. Get a replacement microdrive and reverse the entire process. That's it. Even I can do it.



jmcfadden
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
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rsoemarsono wrote:
Not tough at all. Ground yourself before opening the electronics. Use a micro screwdriver (eyeglass repair type) to open a total of 8 tiny screws, 4 for the exterior cover and 4 mounting screws. Gently lift the pcb using a flathead screwdriver, flip to other side, and carefully pry the pins from the microdrive. Get a replacement microdrive and reverse the entire process. That's it. Even I can do it.



thanks Ray , I have a D100 , I gotta see if this drive is supported , but this seems like a great idea

J



edtang
Registered: Oct 23, 2003
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Country: United States

I've been tempted to do this as well and just sell my X-Drive. I may just wait for the mini iPod since I believe it uses the same drive.



kansashoops
Registered: Aug 28, 2003
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I checked on this last night, Ed, and the mini iPod does use the same drive, and it costs only $249 instead of $299. Hasn't been released yet, though.



edtang
Registered: Oct 23, 2003
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Country: United States

That's great news! I think I would buy the mini iPod, and swap the 4gb with a 1gb or 512. The build and design of the iPod is great...



jmcfadden
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
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I wonder if the iPod would work with my 1gb CF card ?

J



oeyvind
Registered: Jan 19, 2003
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Country: Singapore

Not sure about that John... might work but first you need to figure out how to xfer the firmware to the new storage...



jmcfadden
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
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oeyvind wrote:
Not sure about that John... might work but first you need to figure out how to xfer the firmware to the new storage...



Tim

you know the odds of getting something like that from anything made by Apple , oh and I can say that with my G4 sitting here in my face


J



hornbill
Registered: Jan 06, 2004
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Country: Netherlands


Dear Ray,

Where did you buy the MuVo2? Is it possible whit this company to ship to Europe where i live? (Like B&H does).


Best regards Rob



edtang
Registered: Oct 23, 2003
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jmcfadden wrote:

you know the odds of getting something like that from anything made by Apple , oh and I can say that with my G4 sitting here in my face

J


Would it be possible to copy it over from the 4gb card to a new cf card?

edtang



jmcfadden
Registered: Oct 30, 2002
Total Posts: 30242
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edtang wrote:
jmcfadden wrote:

you know the odds of getting something like that from anything made by Apple , oh and I can say that with my G4 sitting here in my face

J


Would it be possible to copy it over from the 4gb card to a new cf card?

edtang



that is the question of the day , I am no geek but I bet there is one around when we need him

J



stan23
Registered: Jul 25, 2003
Total Posts: 990
Country: United States

jmcfadden wrote:
edtang wrote:
jmcfadden wrote:

you know the odds of getting something like that from anything made by Apple , oh and I can say that with my G4 sitting here in my face

J


Would it be possible to copy it over from the 4gb card to a new cf card?

edtang



that is the question of the day , I am no geek but I bet there is one around when we need him

J


Won't work.. It's been tried before :-)



AirMatix
Registered: Dec 30, 2003
Total Posts: 621
Country: South Africa

Rob

Creative labs has an online store for Europe. You can buy the MuVo2 directly from them at http://uk.europe.creative.com/estore/category.asp?cate=10

It costs about 279, however, so it is a LOT more expensive in Europe than in the USA



hornbill
Registered: Jan 06, 2004
Total Posts: 152
Country: Netherlands

Thank you AirMatix,

I was hoping for an reliable postorderadress in the US (like B&H) but this is a start although it is almost at the same price as a single Hitachi 4Gb disk.


Rob



rad-id
Registered: Dec 19, 2003
Total Posts: 121
Country: Indonesia

hornbill,

you can also get it in europe, instead of ordering from states. dont know in holland, but here in germany unfortunately around 340eur. Well, considering the euro-dollar rates now, still cheaper to get from US, even with the import tax. I just bought some lenses from adorama, even with import tax i still save around 500eur.



McFaddusMP
Registered: Oct 22, 2003
Total Posts: 331
Country: United States

Is the data transfer rate on these microdrives really low compared to the high-speed compactflash cards?
If not then I see no reason why everyone doesn't do this...

Mark



augiearvizo
Registered: Sep 01, 2003
Total Posts: 40
Country: United States

That is sweet Ray! Quick question though... will the muvo work with a solid state CF card. I ask this because I don't have a backup microdrive to insert in the Muvo.

My CF storage is 64Mb Memorex CF, 128MB Viking CF, 512Mb Ultra II Sandisk CF. But I would like to put a 64 or 128 in the MuVo for a small Mp3 player.

Augie



edtang
Registered: Oct 23, 2003
Total Posts: 1085
Country: United States

I'm sure it would work with CF, as long as you reinstall the firmware.



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