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    Hi.

    I have had a computer in the car for a year now, but having problems with the HDD getting corrupted files and windows stops working because it can't find files etc. I have changed the Compact Flash card 3times the last 6months.
    I don't want to buy a SSD drive because it cost to much.

    So my question is, do anybody know what is best to use?

    USB Memory as HDD?
    CF Card? (if so what brand? I use Kingston 266x today)
    Regular 2.5" HDD (it's not static, will it work over time?)
    Other options?

    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    there are an unlimited amount of threads on this. Do some searching. there is alot of debate on the issue.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by gpsforcar View Post
      Hi.

      I have had a computer in the car for a year now, but having problems with the HDD getting corrupted files and windows stops working because it can't find files etc. I have changed the Compact Flash card 3times the last 6months.
      I don't want to buy a SSD drive because it cost to much.

      So my question is, do anybody know what is best to use?

      USB Memory as HDD?
      CF Card? (if so what brand? I use Kingston 266x today)
      Regular 2.5" HDD (it's not static, will it work over time?)
      Other options?

      Thanks in advance.
      I just use a standard 3.5 sata hdd in the carputer. I have never had any crashes. I have sub right next to the carputer. My car is slammed to the ground, ring on 20'' wheels which make the ride not smooth at all. I use the western digital 200gb 7200rpm drive. I never had problems with there stuff. you can get one from newegg.com for under $60.00
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      • #4
        For years (more than 8) I used the same old 3.5 maxtor desktop drive. Not one issue. I recently changed the system now it s the least expensive SATA 3.5 I could find at Micro center at the time.

        If you are having trouble it is likely something else causing it but showing a symptom as you describe.
        TruckinMP3
        D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

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        • #5
          It might be just luck, but I think some drives definately cant handle shock as well as others.

          Before I got my 2.5 automotive grade drive, Ive tried four different 3.5 drives. Two of them worked fine in the carpc, the other one would corrupt files after a month of use, and another drive would freeze the system on big bumps. Doing a scan with spinrite seemed to reveal more sector problems the longer that drive was used in the car. But all of these drives were 5+ years old, so maybe the newer drives are better.

          Until SSDs lower in price, a 2.5 drive should be good.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by nobb View Post
            It might be just luck, but I think some drives definately cant handle shock as well as others.

            Before I got my 2.5 automotive grade drive, Ive tried four different 3.5 drives. Two of them worked fine in the carpc, the other one would corrupt files after a month of use, and another drive would freeze the system on big bumps. Doing a scan with spinrite seemed to reveal more sector problems the longer that drive was used in the car. But all of these drives were 5+ years old, so maybe the newer drives are better.

            Until SSDs lower in price, a 2.5 drive should be good.
            I know this horse gets beat regularly.... But the only real things a 2.5 inch drive get you are smaller size, lower power needs and a larger price tag.

            Not any more durability. I have had personal experiance that shows a HD is more durable than people in the car or the car.
            TruckinMP3
            D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gpsforcar View Post
              I have had a computer in the car for a year now, but having problems with the HDD getting corrupted files and windows stops working because it can't find files etc.
              Those faults are not because your HDD is in a car.

              Originally posted by gpsforcar View Post
              So my question is, do anybody know what is best to use?
              USB Memory as HDD?
              CF Card? (if so what brand? I use Kingston 266x today)
              Regular 2.5" HDD (it's not static, will it work over time?)
              Other options?
              Thanks in advance.
              In my opinion it doesn't matter...but I like a regular HDD the best..and is easiest to set up. I've used 3.5's and 2.5's without any problems.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
                I know this horse gets beat regularly.... But the only real things a 2.5 inch drive get you are smaller size, lower power needs and a larger price tag.

                Not any more durability. I have had personal experiance that shows a HD is more durable than people in the car or the car.
                i would disagee and say a 2.5" would be more durable, but i'm not talking from experience, just hard drive specs. fom memory a 2.5" hard drive can take 4 time the shock of 3.5" hard drive and still be within specifications.

                but i do also see issues after a few months with my 2.5" hard drive. i am thinking of changing to cf to try that but if people are still having issues i may try something else..

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                • #9
                  File system issues are likely not caused by being in a car install.

                  Fix the OS and potentially the power supply / connections.

                  The specs one shock are so far above what the drive will encounter for a desktop drive it does not matter if a laptop drive is 4 or 3000 times more shock resistant.

                  Yes, I have read the specs. Yes, I have been in frame bending wrecks with the car PC.....


                  Some additional threads:
                  http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/gene...-mounting.html
                  http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/gene...uter-like.html
                  TruckinMP3
                  D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

                  Yes, you should search... and Yes, It has been covered before!

                  Read the FAQ!

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                  • #10
                    +1 for 3.5" regular IDE drives. I've been using them for almost 4 years in Michigan climate (below freezing mostly all of winter) and haven't had any issues. In fact, I've only had them not boot 1 time. I simply left the computer on for about 2 minutes, then restarted, and all was good.
                    CarPC:
                    1.8GHz Northwood, Intel 845 Mobo, 512MB DDR, 1x20GB + 1x160GB, Intel GPU, SB Live 5.1

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                    • #11
                      3.5 and working fine for several years now.

                      Used 2.5's before, no issues either.

                      Well, 'cept when temps get down around -10 to -30 C, then It hangs for a few restarts before it gets some heat in the drive.

                      This really is an isue that gets beat to death here, do a search..........

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