Subject: Re: Hitachi 4G microdrive in the PCMCIA slot
To: None <>
From: Alex Poylisher <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/07/2005 21:27:32
Windows XP recognises the card in the PCMCIA slot, so there is likely no 
hardware issue.

Alex Poylisher

On Wed, Dec 07, 2005 at 11:45:59AM -0800, Ernie Dunbar wrote:
> This is of great importance to me as well, as I have an NEC Mobilepro 770
> and recently acquired a Hitachi 4G Microdrive to use with Netbsd. NetBSD
> does not recognize the drive.
> After a little bit of searching around, I found that the problem stems
> from the fact that Hitachi made certain Microdrives that are "IDE Only".
> In the link below, you can see from their site that the only way to tell
> is not from the model number, but the *part* number.
> The good thing is that Hitachi openly provides all the technical specs you
> can eat on these things, and I suspect that it's possible to get NetBSD to
> recognize the drives. Unless of course, it's a hardware issue with the
> Compact Flash controller.
> It also looks like a serious "buyer beware" issue. I've heard through my
> googling that a number of Ebay sellers will try to pass these off as
> normal CF II cards without mentioning that they won't work in most CF II
> compatible devices, and even go so far as to ship a cardreader with them,
> just so they can say "Oh, but look, it works just fine!" I'm personally
> one such victim.
> Table of Hitachi 3K4 Microdrives, and what they are:
> My question to the developers though, is "Can this be supported?" and
> "Will it be supported?" It would be very cool if I could use this CF card,
> instead of having to hunt down the anonymous Ebay seller and shaking the
> change out of his pockets.