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ScottYelich
post Oct 12 2005, 02:57 PM
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ok, I decided I needed more space on my zaurus and I wanted to have swap, etc... so I broke down and bought a microdrive (6GB).

I have model: HMS360606D5CF00

I'm wondering if there is any issue putting a new filesystem on this thing.
Do people recommend ext2? etc. I know some SD cards seemed to get cranky
when changed from FAT32 to another FS, but that's also another technology.

Who else has hitachi microdrives and what are your experiences?

Scott
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post Oct 12 2005, 06:43 PM
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QUOTE(ScottYelich @ Oct 12 2005, 10:57 PM)
ok, I decided I needed more space on my zaurus and I wanted to have swap, etc... so I broke down and bought a microdrive (6GB).
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Who else has hitachi microdrives and what are your experiences?

Ooh, a big one. I use both a 4GB and a 2GB Hitachi microdrive in my 6k. The 4GB is basically the permanent resident in the internal CF slot. The 2GB shares duties with other cards in the CF sled slot. Both are ext2 and neither has given me any trouble over the past 10 or 11 months.

John
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post Oct 12 2005, 08:03 PM
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Well, I don't have a Hitachi disk, but I do have a 5GB drive that I ripped out of a Rio Carbon MP3 player (heck, for $150 and a $30 rebate, you can't beat it). Other than the fact that the drive isn't made in a "consumer" package (i.e., it's make out of somewhat cheap plastic, and has no indentation to pull the drive- you have to put a piece of tape or Post-It flags on it to pull it out), it's been fairly trouble free for me. I have it formatted FAT32 so I can throw it in my digicam in a pinch. I use it mainly for MP3s and movies, though I have yet to try out video files under pdaXrom (how fast is the current mplayer build? When is the Kino port going to be done?). Haven't had any read/write errors yet, and it's fairly fast, so not complaints here.
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post Oct 13 2005, 05:12 AM
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My 4Gb Hitachi is formated mke2fs -j /dev/hda1

so that makes it ext3 (journaled ext2).

A second partition is swap.
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ScottYelich
post Oct 15 2005, 09:37 AM
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yup... works like a charm
ok.... added like ... whoa, wait a minute... 1 GB of swap.
ok, time to repartition :-/

Scott
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chuckr
post May 24 2006, 02:29 PM
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Wow, Scott, this is exacly what I was thinking about. I just finshed opening up and exploring my SL-C3000, and when I got to the Hitachi 3k6-4, I found it was held in by the tiniest, and oddest set of screws I have ever seen.

How did you get the drive off?

As far as that goes, there are several different candidates for me to consider for replacing the 3K6-4. Obviously, the 3K6-6, but the Seagate 68022 comes to mind, and man, it's 8Gb!

Thinking about that, what kind of interface is on the 3K6-4? Is it CF? That would be Great, it would make it a drop in compatible (I think/hope) with the Seaget ST68022CF, and seeing as I cant't see that those folks are even selling the ATA version, well, what kind of interace is on the 3K6-4, you were saying? (no, I'm not out of control, yet).

And, it it should take me long enough to get the correct screwdriver, there is (in the near future) the Seagate ST612712 (it's their ST1.3 model line). It's spec'ed at just slightly smaller, slightly lower powered, slightly faster, and (gulp) 12 Gb! It's supposed to be available 3q06.

OK, your turn.
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post May 24 2006, 03:58 PM
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My SL6000 has a 4GB Hitachi microdrive that resides permanently in the CF slot. Two partitions - one swap, one ext2, heaps of apps installed on it. No problems at all.
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post May 24 2006, 05:21 PM
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I've done ext3 on a 6g hitachi in a 6000 with no problems.
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post May 24 2006, 11:21 PM
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Just few days ago I reformated my microdrive of the c3100. I wanted to do this a long while ago but needed to make a whole backup of the drive and so on, so I was not motivated.

No it's done:
/dev/hda1: swap of 128MB
/dev/hda2: ext3 (the rest of the hdd)

I have to say that there is a large increase of speed. It's true that ext2 FS is really fast. When I listened to mp3's in xmms and tapped play there was a delay until the musik started (dependent of the songlength)... now the music begins just after tapping play. Moving files around is also alot faster.

What I do to access my Zaurus with windows? I always have a 512MB SD card in the slot which is fat formated. So this is my "manual swap partition" biggrin.gif
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