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> Upgrading To Faster Cf Card
post May 27 2006, 01:57 AM
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OK, I have taken the plunge and ordered a SanDisk Extreme III CF card (133x card) that has ~20MB/sec Read and Write speeds with the intention of replacing my internal 4Gb Microdrive on my Zaurus.


I chose this card because it seems to offer good value for money (about £140 GBP in the UK now), top performance, and a 10 year manufacturers warranty.

Note that there is a Transcend 8Gb card also available for about the same price now, however, the warranty isn't lifetime it is 1,000,000 write cycles and the operational temperature is lower.. I decided to err on the side of caution therefore and go with this card which is known to have write spreading technologies and may yield a considerably longer life (maybe).

I also didn't need the 8Gb version because all my Multimedia stuff is on my iPod.. I prefer to do it this way then at least when the battery is dead from listening to music and watching movies I still have my Zaurus smile.gif

I believe the write levelling on this card will probably (even with constant running) see out the life of this Zaurus but I guess that only remains to be seen.

When the card arrives I will do some benchmarks and provide some information on runtime with both the original Microdrive and this card fitted since the power consumption is also supposed to be a fraction of the Microdrive.

Benchmarks will probably come first since I can perform those with the card in the additional CF slot.

but daaaaamn, I'm going to ruin my 'uptime' figures. I get disappointed if I have to reboot it more than once per month tongue.gif

More soon,


(btw. in case you are wondering why I have been quiet here it's because my Zaurus 'just works smile.gif' and does everything I need it to at the moment... currently it's even running Ruby on Rails with MYSQL - it will be nice to see what performance is like with the new drive for this)
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iamasmith   Upgrading To Faster Cf Card   May 27 2006, 01:57 AM
chuckr   QUOTE(iamasmith @ May 27 2006, 01:57 AM)OK, I...   May 27 2006, 06:52 AM
iamasmith   Somebody on the openbsd.org mailing lists mentione...   May 27 2006, 07:23 AM
iamasmith   Well the card just arrived and I popped it into my...   May 31 2006, 12:50 AM
iamasmith   all went well finally, man it's a swine to get...   May 31 2006, 07:04 AM
albertr   Cool, please let us know how does it fire up again...   May 31 2006, 07:19 AM
iamasmith   Will do as soon as it has finished copying (full s...   May 31 2006, 07:55 AM
albertr   I see a wire strap on C3000, but It's hard to ...   May 31 2006, 08:18 AM
iamasmith   I'll do my pics soon which shows what I mean a...   May 31 2006, 08:37 AM
iamasmith   Ok here are the results so far, only just started ...   May 31 2006, 08:36 AM
iamasmith   Here's the card replacement walkthrough.. htt...   May 31 2006, 10:28 AM
iamasmith   Full results are now posted above... interestingly...   May 31 2006, 12:46 PM
fquindos   Really strange. Always 4 hours exactly. I'm te...   May 31 2006, 01:13 PM
fquindos   Well, no. There is not a magic limit of 4 hours up...   May 31 2006, 10:43 PM
iamasmith   Hmm, it may be related to the granularity of the a...   May 31 2006, 11:53 PM
iamasmith   starting to play around now with apmd auto perform...   Jun 1 2006, 12:45 AM
iamasmith   I started to consider the Bonnie++ test a little m...   Jun 1 2006, 01:09 AM
fquindos   QUOTE(iamasmith @ Jun 1 2006, 11:09 AM)... S...   Jun 1 2006, 02:47 AM
iamasmith   QUOTE(fquindos @ Jun 1 2006, 10:47 AM)QUOTE(i...   Jun 1 2006, 03:23 AM
iamasmith   After the battery test I will attempt to provoke e...   Jun 1 2006, 04:14 AM
iamasmith   4 hours again with CPU scaling enabled. ok, now t...   Jun 1 2006, 01:36 PM
albertr   QUOTE(iamasmith @ Jun 1 2006, 04:36 PM)4 hour...   Jun 5 2006, 03:42 AM
iamasmith   a few days into kde build now. The unit has built ...   Jun 5 2006, 12:46 AM
iamasmith   Kde 3.5 running on OpenBSD on the Zaurus... I b...   Jun 6 2006, 02:45 AM
iamasmith   Just a quick update... I'm 10 days into runnin...   Jun 10 2006, 04:31 PM
coreilly   any news on the CF card in the Zaurus Andy??? sti...   Aug 30 2006, 04:00 PM
iamasmith   QUOTE(coreilly @ Aug 31 2006, 12:00 AM)any ne...   Sep 9 2006, 02:27 AM
ins0mniaque   I just ordered a Transcend CF 8GB 120x (they are i...   Aug 31 2006, 09:46 AM
ins0mniaque   Just an additional note, when I opened my Zaurus (...   Sep 3 2006, 12:31 PM

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