[Coco] [Color Computer] Hard Drive sizes

James C. Hrubik, Sr. jimhrubik at earthlink.net
Sun May 16 21:06:30 EDT 2004

I don't think it's worth losing sleep over, as long as you maintain a 
backup somewhere.  I've been using the same 8MB card in my DC240 since 
1999 -- fill it up almost daily and then clear it and refill it again 
-- and aside from some minor crashes that required reformatting, it's 
still going strong.  Like Robert noted, there may be an issue with 
retaining stuff in the space; after a fresh reformat I can take 54 
shots and once I delete them and go to shoot again, I get only 53.

On Sunday, May 16, 2004, at 08:57  AM, Robert Sherwood wrote in reply 
to Stan Blazejewski:

> 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.
> --Rob
> 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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