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    Small hard drives for car PC builds?

    Anyone thought about getting something like this:

    http://www.seagate.com/content/docs/...eagate_ST1.pdf

    for a car PC build?

    I mean, they must be avaialable somewhere and the size (2,5 or 5 GB) is perfect as well as the physical size of the drive itself!?

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    + 2,5" 40 GB Samsung drive
    + slot-load DVD/CDRW
    + USB WiFi
    - mainboard (Epia SP?)
    - housing (home made?)
    - power supply (Opus 90W/150W)
    - USB GPS + USB card-reader

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    one word: money this are going to be pretty expensive (GB/dollar) and most everyone here is on a budget.
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    my local camera reseller has them at ZAR 2299.99 for 2.2GB with a USB 2.0 interface

    with the current exchange rate that works too 374USD for 2.2GB which is dam nexpensive whichever way you look at it, but as the operating system drive I dont think it can be beat (if price wasnt part of the equation, which is impossible)
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    Money will indeed be the main issue. The size of the drives that most people use does matter, but not to that extent i think. Laptop drives are in most cases small enough to get things done.

    BTW Toshiba and some other manufacturers are working on special HDs for automotive use, but those will not be available for distribution, for carmanufacturers only. They will be more expensive than an ordinary laptop drive, but are able to handle more shocks as well as being able to operate in more extreme temperatures.
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    heres a link to some decent priced 2.5 /laptop drives

    80G currently 155.00

    http://www.jazztechnology.biz/product/TO80GNB
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    you must have a small car

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    My car is not so small, but I like small-sized computers

    This is the reply I got from Seagate:

    The new ST-1 drives will be offered in two forms, as USB drives and as CF
    drives. We anticipate thes drives to arrive into the open market in
    September.


    It was just a thought, I already bought a 40 Gig 2,5" drive

    I still think the we will see that computers will be smaller and smaller in the future, and this Seagate drive would have been nice to use with f.ex. the coming VIA nanoITX board...

    Plans + status:
    + Ford Galaxy 2001
    + 7" GAIN (Xenarc) screen
    + 2,5" 40 GB Samsung drive
    + slot-load DVD/CDRW
    + USB WiFi
    - mainboard (Epia SP?)
    - housing (home made?)
    - power supply (Opus 90W/150W)
    - USB GPS + USB card-reader

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    might as well get the microdrive.
    http://www.flash-memory-store.com/ibmmicrodrives.html

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    Or do the creative muvo hack and get yourself a 4GB cf microdrive for less than $200. Link here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth
    Or do the creative muvo hack and get yourself a 4GB cf microdrive for less than $200. Link here.
    Same thing with an iPod Mini, but it costs more than the Creative.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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