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    Question Mass storage for PDA

    I posted this about a year ago and no one seems to have done it yet. A year has passed and technology has changed but the question hasnt:

    Is it possible to hook up a large hd (atleast 10gig) to a PDA? So far I've come up with the following: get a CF to PCMCIA adapter then add a PCMCIA laptop hard drive.

    I've also never seen this done: make a standalone network hard drive. They make network cards solely for printers making them standalone...anyone seen one for a hard drive?

    So basically the goal is to make an mp3 player out of a PDA which has been done, but give it the storage we all need for out 20+ gigs of songs.

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    I'm a ghost...email me if you have any questions on my old setup

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    I'm thinking it should work, Use the driver for the IBM microdrive, since CF and pcmcia are the same hardware it should work fine. The other idea I was thinking about is using my carputer for a pda server. Get an 802.11 card for the pda, and one foe the carputer. Run the carputer off a second battery so it can be always on, then load up a small web server. The PDA would then connect to the carputer via the wireless lan and browse documents and /or download mps'3 from it. Anytime your in range with the carputer your data would be constantly snychronized. Decent 802.11 adapters had a lot of range and you can add external antennas, mount one on the car roof.

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    NAS (i think, i always confuse SAN's and NAS's) or Network ATtached Storage, are network attached hds essentially. There are a number of companies that make them, and they aren't cheap. and as far as pda's go, it all depends on the voltage they can supply. A PocketPC should be able to use a microdrive (1gb), but anything larger and you have problems. The pcmcia/flash drives can work with a pda because they have their controller integrated, where as a standard hd relys on the controller of the motherboard.
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    I wasn't talking about trying to build nas box. Those are for terabyte size storage, high speed, multiple servers, etc. I'm building a small wireless content server specifically for my pda. What I have done is take a bunch of tech manuals, either scanned in or pdf's or text and web pages that I have colletced and am making them available on a small web server that my pda can browse through a wireless connection. SAN's and NAS are something you run in a sever room that replace the hard disk storage for all your servers (I have a small NAS device running as the SQL storage for my companies web sites)

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    I see what your talking about now. I was answering the first part of the question. Quantum Snap servers are popular for simple NAS boxes, probabally less than $500. I was sort of combining the two Ideas into one, a wirelss nas for pds's

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    Heh, only $500 for like 50gb of storage (which is expensive my cheap *** bastard book ).
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    http://www.tjotala.com/hardware/stor...ck/default.htm

    This guy uses a 20gb hard drive with his Ipaq. Might not be a bad idea for an indash player. If you use the new ones with the Xscale processors you could problably do Divx too. No dvd as of yet though.

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    Heh, so he can hack together a driver, but still uses a frontpage website? but thats cool, im not a pocketpc person myself, so I can't say ive been following the hacks for them (palm4life ).
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