[Coco] [Color Computer] Hard Drive sizes

Robert Sherwood photorob00 at yahoo.com
Sun May 16 08:57:35 EDT 2004

I have a 128MB card I use as extra storage in my old laptop.  It undergoes 
several dozen writes and reads daily and gets filled completely once or 
twice when used to backup files about once a week or so.  I've had it since 
October 2002 and haven't had any problems with data loss yet.

The only problem I've encountered at all is sometimes when the card gets 
near full, the space is not freed when removing files from the card 
(ie:  the directory is empty, but the FAT isnt cleared).  I consider this 
to be a nearly insignificant problem which is solved with a quick format.

According to previous discussion on this list, card life is generally rated 
at anywhere from a few 100,000 to several million read/write cycles 
(depending primarily on the maker).  What's not clear to me, is would that 
be per card or per bit?  It makes a big difference.

Oddly enough, when I bought this card, there was no mention of lifetime 
anywhere in the minimal documentation at all.


At 09:27 PM 5/16/04 +1000, you wrote:

>On a slightly different note, does anyone know how long a CF card will
>last?  I know they are a 'consumable item' .... (digital camera manual
>quote) "the memory card can be used for a long period of time, but
>will eventually loose it's ability store & playback data.  At this
>point, replace with a new memory card".

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