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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
> When I went to digital photography in the spring of 2003, I could not 
> bring myself to consider microdrives for that application, and 
> bought, at that time, two 1G flash cards. I now have a pair of 
> near-obsolete Nikon D100s and four 1GB flash cards. I still don't own 
> a microdrive. I don't see the advantage. I'd rather transfer the CF 
> contents to two laptop-sized disk drives than trust the microdrive 
> with the only copy of anything.
> 
> Remember, I'm the one who believes in redundancy.
> 
> I've had flash memory now for about 10-12 years, starting with a 
> PCMCIA card 5MB for my HP-100LX palmtop and it's been fine.
> 
> I don't think I'd recommend microdrives for field recording, either. 
> 4GB flash cards are now available.
> 
It seems to me that another possibility might be to equip at least
one computer with an exchangeable/insertable disk drive, save the
material as digital files to a disk drive used only for that
purpose and use that as a backup. Since the disk drive(s) wouldn't
be constantly spinning, useful life might be extended considerably?

Steven C. Barr