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:
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.
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.