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> C860 Usb Drive/storage (again), External bridges for USB storage
zakaluka
post Mar 12 2005, 02:25 PM
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Hello all,

I have been following the discussions here quite religiously, and they are very interesting. I recently bought a used C860 on eBay (just sent the payment an hour ago) and am wondering about USB storage.

The reason I am writing this thread is that something in the thread "C860 as usb host by software?" (http://www.oesf.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=4842) caught my attention.

Since then, I have been looking for a cheaper way to attach USB drives to the Cxxx series. I have found a class of products, let's call them external bridges, and I haven't seen much discussion about them here. Here are a few examples:

http://www.usbgear.com/USBG-OTG1.html
http://www.delkin.com/delkin_products_usb_bridge.html

Could either of these be used so that the regular C860 USB sync cable could be hooked into one end, and the USB drive could be hooked into the other end.

I believe the devices require external power, but are a lot cheaper than going with a USB-CF card. Also, this leaves your CF slot free for additional storage/wireless capabilities.

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zakaluka.
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kahm
post Mar 12 2005, 07:55 PM
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Those devices are intended to hook 2 mass storage devices together (Like your Camera and your iPod) so you can copy everything from one device onto the other. For example - dumping the days photos from your camera onto the 40gig HD in the iPod. You've got one button, and it seems to be all or nothing.

Not very useful for use with the 860.
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zakaluka
post Mar 12 2005, 08:01 PM
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But, can't the C860 act as a USB card reader? In that case, you could have the C860 show its SD/CF card as the USB storage on one side, have the files you want to transfer on the other side, and transfer them. That way, your files will be on the C860 and you won't have to carry the CF USB dongle+USB drive around with you.

However, I don't actually have the C860 in my hand yet and the last PDA I used was 5 years ago, so maybe I'm just pulling stuff out of thin air.

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zakaluka.
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lardman
post Mar 13 2005, 01:36 AM
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But, can't the C860 act as a USB card reader?


All of the Zs can act as mass storage devices - I assume that's what you meant - (I've only tested a 5500 and a C750, but the others should work too), assuming you have the correct kernel module(s).

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In that case, you could have the C860 show its SD/CF card as the USB storage on one side, have the files you want to transfer on the other side, and transfer them. That way, your files will be on the C860 and you won't have to carry the CF USB dongle+USB drive around with you.


I can't see why this wouldn't work.


Si
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post Mar 13 2005, 09:38 AM
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QUOTE(lardman @ Mar 13 2005, 09:36 AM)
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But, can't the C860 act as a USB card reader?


All of the Zs can act as mass storage devices - I assume that's what you meant - (I've only tested a 5500 and a C750, but the others should work too), assuming you have the correct kernel module(s).

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In that case, you could have the C860 show its SD/CF card as the USB storage on one side, have the files you want to transfer on the other side, and transfer them. That way, your files will be on the C860 and you won't have to carry the CF USB dongle+USB drive around with you.


I can't see why this wouldn't work.


Si
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It should work, assuming that you'd want to copy *everything* from your USB drive to internal storage on your 860 *every* time you copied files. You can't pick and choose what you copy or run files directly off the USB drive.
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zakaluka
post Mar 13 2005, 02:16 PM
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Thanks for the replies, guys. I had a scheme in mind where I would keep an SD card only for documents, so that when I exposed it to a USB drive containing the same amount of documents, I could transfer those over and then be free to move around with only the C860.

However, since then I have realized that I would need to have a computer around anyway (to transfer the files from CD/DVD/Internet to the USB drive). So, I've decided to just stick with the regular syncing functions and work it that way.

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zakaluka.
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