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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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 ).