Difference between Seagate photo hard drive and CF card


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Deadpoet

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one is a miniture HDD and one is flash memory, one has moving parts and one doesn't, one is slower and one is much much faster, and one is much cheaper.
 

csisfun

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Errr which "one" is the "one"?
 

zcwnfx

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:bsmilie: :bsmilie: :bsmilie:


one is a miniture HDD - seagate photo hard drive

one is flash memory - CF cards we normally use e.g kingston elite pro

one has moving parts - seagate photo hard drive

one doesn't - CF cards we normally use e.g kingston elite pro

one is slower - seagate photo hard drive

one is much much faster - CF cards we normally use e.g kingston elite pro

one is much cheaper. - seagate photo hard drive (not very sure, but find it to be so, 2nd hand that is)


like to add also, the hdd photo drive is more prone to failure i think cos of the mechanical parts. but i think these kinds of things, better dont drop :bsmilie:

photodrive also will heat up faster. takes up more batt power.

hope it helps
 

Artosoft

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zcwnfx said:
one is much cheaper. - seagate photo hard drive (not very sure, but find it to be so, 2nd hand that is)
This one should be read as:

one is much cheaper for price/capacity. - seagate photo hard drive

Regards,
Arto.
 

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I will sum it up for everyone here after much debated sentiments of CF vs MD.

To a bigger majority of the pros here, it seems MDs will surely 110% die on you on your most important shoot and you will lose all the most important data on the MD at a time when you most need it.
 

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yanyewkay said:
I will sum it up for everyone here after much debated sentiments of CF vs MD.

To a bigger majority of the pros here, it seems MDs will surely 110% die on you on your most important shoot and you will lose all the most important data on the MD at a time when you most need it.
It's just like

Nikon vs Canon
Apple vs Mac
CF vs MD.

It won't end. :rolleyes:
 

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erm.. Apple vs Mac?
Oops... Apple vs PC :bsmilie: Typed too fast liao. Fingers haven't woken up yet... I'm still idling in office, no mood to start work. :bsmilie:
 

jdredd

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michael reichmann uses hard drive.. never reported any problems..
 

yanyewkay

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espn said:
Oops... Apple vs PC :bsmilie: Typed too fast liao. Fingers haven't woken up yet... I'm still idling in office, no mood to start work. :bsmilie:
yah same.. ;p :embrass:
 

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Thanks a lot to all the contributors.

This is really an enlighten discussion, well, at least for me.

I was initially thinking of getting the seagate photo drive, since it is so dirt cheap (brand new, less than S$200.00 for 4 GB), but after reading through the discussions above, I think I am going to stick to my current CF cards + my portable hard disk drive, till I really find anything that is cheaper and more reliable than what I am having.

Thanks all for the contribution, with or without OT. :bsmilie: :bsmilie:
 

yanyewkay

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you'll note that your portable drive is also harddisk, and it has mechanical and moving parts inside as well.. As said eariler.. 110% sure crash. So becareful huh..

OTOH, I'm a happy user of the 4GB photo harddrive.. :bsmilie:
 

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There's no guarantee that solid-state memory (eg. CF cards) will not fail on you either, even new ones (a friend just RMA'ed his Lexar 80X 2G that was bought recently ... I think he's just not lucky with photo gear, his Sandisk Ultra II died on him a few months ago too).

The trick is to have "insurance" ... a few extra cards, perhaps a Compactdrive to download right away, etc. It's a matter of how important the shoot is and how much time & trouble you are willing to go through.

FWIW, I've been using a 1GB IBM microdrive for more than 3 years (and it was probably 1-2 years old when I got it) ... no issues so far.
 

zcwnfx

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i tink all also same lah.

use wat u think is good lor.

personally i go for CF cards.

not too ex too. and well, for me, hmmm, i can stand having to "reload" every 350+ shots. cos if 1 card fail, at least not all gone. if u get wat i mean :p
 

JimDavis

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Thanks a lot for the further contribution. Various points make this discussion more interesting.

I believe that there is no righ or wrong answer, it all depends.

As for the portable hard disk I am having, yes, I am aware that it might fail one of these days, however, I am using it to load the photos from CF card to the hard drive, and I have 3 x 1GB CF cards, so, eventhough I upload the photo to the portable HDD, I will still keep the photos in the CF card, unless I am absolutely desperate. :)

I will re-consider to see if I really need a 4GB photo drive, at this point of time, it is more desire than need. ;)
 

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