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Thread: What's the deal with CF microdrives?

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    Default What's the deal with CF microdrives?

    Are they only supposed to work with cameras or something?
    The one I bought off ebay won't work in my CF->IDE adapter or any CF reader, I wonder if it's dead or just has a really specific purpose.

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    I like them on systems and have been using them for years. They've all been Seagate ST-1 5GB units--as a matter of fact, the system used as a mailserver, router and firewall here is running on one and has been 24/7 for at least the last couple of years. I've got another identical system with a cloned drive on it ready to plug right in should the active one fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLazy1 View Post
    Are they only supposed to work with cameras or something?
    The one I bought off ebay won't work in my CF->IDE adapter or any CF reader, I wonder if it's dead or just has a really specific purpose.
    Did it get REALLY hot when plugged into your adapter?
    I think there may be a pinout issue, but I didn't dig into it when I tried it.
    I destroyed a couple of them that way (all Seagate ST1 5gb). The IBM 1gb survived.

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    What's the make/model of the drive?
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    They are functionaly identical to CF cards in true-IDE mode, but need more power to run them, but under 500mA.

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    I have two Seagate 2 GB and a IBM 512MB, all work perfect but I think there are some low power microdrives that only work with 3v. Maybe they burn when powered with 5v?

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    Model no: ST640211CF

    It does say +5v so I don't think it burned up.
    I can hear it spin faintly but nothing will see it, or even light the LED on any controller.

    Guess I just got a toasted one then eh?

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