Microdrive Madness: $15 Solution for Your Extra Microdrives

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Introduction: Microdrive Madness: $15 Solution for Your Extra Microdrives

For those of you who came from my other instructable on the iPod upgrade, welcome!

Do you have no idea what to do with your extra microdrives, taken from old mp3 players, iPods, cameras, etc...?

Well, I have the most grand solution for you!


Step 1: Materials

All you need is two items.

  • CF card reader. $14.99 at any computer store. Make sure it supports TypeII. Microdrives are TypeII, the thinner ones are TypeI. Just make sure it has the pins inside to attack to the holes on the microdrive.
Some sites you can look at are:
CompUSA's selection
Newegg's selection
NexTag
  • Microdrive, any GB, but it must be compatible with the CF reader.
They can get expensive, which is why I took mine from a broken iPod.
CompUSA's microdrive

Step 2: Please Note

You probably will not get all of the GB out of that microdrive. It's like a HDD, if you buy a 300 GB one, you get like 280GB or something along those lines.

Secondly, Apple might have used a bit of the space on the microdrive to store data to make it function.

Below is a picture of my CF card,

See, that I have a capacity of 3.76GB. It will usually be less than what is actually advertised.

BUT, an easy solution to this is called, "formatting" the drive. Right click on the icon of the removable disk. Click format, then click "Start". It takes 45 seconds, and all the memory should be cleared.

Step 3: Plug Her In

Plug your microdrive into the reader, and you are on your way.

You can now transfer movies, files, pictures...etc to and from your CF card reader!

So, if you have any extra microdrives lying around, use them! They are a great source of extra removable storage!

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    you can also buy typel(one l) and remove the top...basically cf sockets have their top empty

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    I did this little mod to my walmart cheap 52-in-1 reader to let it read MicroDrives. I would have taken a pic but my camera is packed away, so heres a quick MSPaint drawing :D

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    I'm replacing the HD in my laptop with a 20gb microdrive, just for fun.

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    are those microdrives ide?pretty sure it is ide?

    Microdrives and Compact Flash are ATA compatible so you just need a 2.5" IDE adapter.

    ok then ps all cf cards arent ata compatible

    Yes they are, unless they are knock offs made by some company in Asia. The CF spec IS the same as PATA.

    Whats the fun of that how about a 20GB CF Card ;-)

    I don't think so...

    But... I can buy a 4GB flashdrive practically for the price of that card reader alone.

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    Just watch the ads. Frys has 4G SD cards this week for $17.99. Look at http://salescircular.com every Monday.

    Part of the beauty of this Instructable is that my SD card readers don't recognize anything larger than 1 gig. I have to plug my camera's 2G SD cards into the USB adapter to read them on my computers.

    Just so you can be planning ahead, the 64G SD drives are expected out in early 2009.

    Now its even Cheaper, I got a 4GB Flash drive for $14

    Get a new reader and make sure its certified for SDHC and your larger cards will be read.

    maybe the reader is the problem, i have one and no problem to read up to 4 gb (i dont have others cards to test...)

    Basically it is the reader in combination with the drivers. I think the better reader manufacturers provide the updated drivers. This topic is pretty hot on many forums.

    yea sure, but i think its a great idea because if you have a few microdrives, accquire some now and then, or whatever, you can use all of them just for paying for the reader. You can also get them in different sizes, or bigger ones than the flash drive. i.e., the classic ipods nowadays can be bought with like 400 gigs of storage.

    But... for those who modded their iPod, or other mp3 players, can use this solution!

    oops,I formatted a 13G with fat32 and it worked