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    The automotive drive and a second drive does seem like an attractive option, if you have the space.
    Unfortunately, my setup is pretty much completely installed and there's little to no room left. I also don't feel like ripping everything apart to make room for a second drive. But for someone still in the "beta phase" or with the room/desire, it would make a very viable and robust option.
    But lets not forget, it's still a drive. More robust, but it can still fail (same as every other option, solid state included). Mybe I'll take a gander at the specs on the one in the store.......

    Hmmm..........

    I wonder if 40 gig would be big enough for me.

    Lemme think.............Full xp install, lotsa programs I use on the road, lotsa movies for the kids, hmmm...........

    Nah. I'll just stick with backing up my drive. Maybe I'll get a usb adapter case for a drive to back it up to. Then if it craps out, pull out the busted out, slip in the good one, ready t go again in 5 mins or less.............

    Guess it's what ever works best for you.

    I will say this though:
    Bought a couple things from the mp3car store myself, I highly recommend them!

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    I have the drive Jan pointed out and so far no issues, The suspension in my coupe doesn't exactly give you the most luxurious ride and it gets pretty cold & hot out here in jersey and so far so good. The drive isn't huge on space but I use it for my os/SD and my main music/vids I then just have a regular laptop 120gb external for my additional music/vids because it can be easily replaced if something should go wrong. I only care about my os/sd install.

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    80 gig automotive drives have been announced, that is what I am waiting on.

    Been running the same 3.5 drive since original install. Only problem for me is winter, it will not spin after it hits -7C or so.
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    Ok, well the update for me is that I tried the 500g 3.5" in the PC, and on the bench, the power supply wasn't able to handle it (it either drew more then 3amps [test power max] or the power supply itself couldn't hack it). Either way, I grew frustrated and just ran out and bought a 2.5" 160G hard drive and threw it in.

    I found an unactivated version of Windows XP [YAY!] and installed it on the PC, found all the drivers (on this message board), and everything is HAPPY

    I had music in my car for a short time today (wow, was that nice) using windows media player [pain to operate in a car], but after rebooting the PC, WMP says it "can't locate the server" - I have no clue why it would need to "locate a server" in order to play a local playlist... dumb.

    One thing that did not go well was the StreetDeck disk... Perhaps moisture from storage, or shipping caused a scrape that went through the foil of the CD rendering it useless (I never opened this because I had a bundled solution). I am positive MP3CAR would be more then willing to ship me a new disk, but with my impatience, I am going to see if I can locate a contact to package a copy over the internet for me. If not, then I will be waiting on shipping, but wow is it great to have MUSIC in my car again!!! 1 week without it is downright painful!

    As soon as I get this all setup, I have learned my lesson and will IMMEDIATELY ghost this drive!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06TC_OWNER View Post
    Ok, well the update for me is that I tried the 500g 3.5" in the PC, and on the bench, the power supply wasn't able to handle it (it either drew more then 3amps [test power max] or the power supply itself couldn't hack it). Either way, I grew frustrated and just ran out and bought a 2.5" 160G hard drive and threw it in.

    I found an unactivated version of Windows XP [YAY!] and installed it on the PC, found all the drivers (on this message board), and everything is HAPPY

    I had music in my car for a short time today (wow, was that nice) using windows media player [pain to operate in a car], but after rebooting the PC, WMP says it "can't locate the server" - I have no clue why it would need to "locate a server" in order to play a local playlist... dumb.

    One thing that did not go well was the StreetDeck disk... Perhaps moisture from storage, or shipping caused a scrape that went through the foil of the CD rendering it useless (I never opened this because I had a bundled solution). I am positive MP3CAR would be more then willing to ship me a new disk, but with my impatience, I am going to see if I can locate a contact to package a copy over the internet for me. If not, then I will be waiting on shipping, but wow is it great to have MUSIC in my car again!!! 1 week without it is downright painful!

    As soon as I get this all setup, I have learned my lesson and will IMMEDIATELY ghost this drive!!
    Can't locate server?

    Maybe check the wimamp settings and see if you have "always connected to the internet" checked. If it is, it may be trying to send back user statistics or checking for an update depending on how you have those preferences set.

    I've pretty much settled on a plan myself:

    I've got a couple drives lying around, so I'll ghost the Mputer onto one of those drives not in use (I've got another copy on the house server), place it in an anti static bag (like those used in shipping), I've got a couple small "Pellican" cases (air tight impact case) just slightly bigger than the drive, i'll secure it in one of those in the cut to shape foam, place a couple dessicant bags in it and chuck the case in my trunk bag with my car "essentials". That way, if the drive craps out, I can at least pop in the spare drive and have my OS and music (spare drives aren't big enough to hold the movies too!).

    It never fails that when I'm on a long trip, something goes wrong (hense, the bag of "essentials" ). At least a "backup" of the Mputer basics would get me running again.

    That's my plan anyways.

    Hmmm, copme to think of it, that probably means something will probably break!

    Just my Karma I guess............
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    I did some research, and the Western Digital Scorpio line of drives is also designed for "rugged" applications.

    [media]http://www.wdc.com/en/library/portable/2879-001121.pdf[/media]


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazdaspeed View Post
    I did some research, and the Western Digital Scorpio line of drives is also designed for "rugged" applications.

    VERY interesting - because that is the drive I purchased at Circuit City yesterday! 160g for $130.00

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    it's a good drive. Very quiet, pretty speedy, and it seems to be holding up to my suspension and driving antics!
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    Well, even better yet, I am supposed to get a second gen Seagate EE drive (the latest). My dad is working on getting his hands on one, so I may not have to worry about conditions anymore Now I just have to worry about ghosting the drive to the Seagate...

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    Another follow-up: 25c-30c was NOT the temperature range I was in... I was probably 10-20 degrees FAHRENHEIT when my drive died (not uncommon for this part of Colorado in winter).

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