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1. Posted by BPhoto (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

Hey buddies,

Just want to know if someone here had the experience of using compactdrive. It seems to be the hottest thing at the moment...check this out:

And this:

Looks good right? I am thinking of getting one...but I'd like to know what others say about it before my purchase

Cheers guys

2. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 12y

The compactdrive looks cool. But did you see the know issues? they recomend you to use card of 20x or higher. Do you have those ??????



3. Posted by BPhoto (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

Hi georgep,

Yes I do have those. Actually most of the CF cards on the current market are 20X plus. I was reading the 'Known Issues' and found that someone is using 512MB 1X CF card. I doubt if I am even possible to get one of those now ;)

4. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 12y

I don't completely agree in that. I use faster cards but even mine are not 20X. Specialy the standard cards on the market will be arround 12x (or even less)

But as long as you have them it's ok to use the drive.


5. Posted by BPhoto (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

You are right.

I was reading their Known Issues again and find that 20X CF cards is not critical. I have a few old cards ... maybe they will work as well.

6. Posted by BPhoto (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

Wait...I was reading some other forums and know that there's some issue between CompactDrive PD7X and Mac. Although a new firmware update is available from their website( )

Has anyone actually tried this update and managed to get the PD7X to work with Mac? I am a mac user too

7. Posted by johnhudson (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

My CompactDrive is transferring files at the rate of more then 4MB/sec with my 4X laxer 512MB CF card, I think the 20x speed CF card is just an suggestion.

To Bphoto, I downloaded and installed the New Mac Hard Drive Firmware setup_pdxfp1_mac.rar and it is working beautifully, My compactDrove is now Plug and Play under both Mac and Windows, after firmware upgrade, format PD7X using formatterMac.exe and tick “for Mac OS” - for the above files

8. Posted by BPhoto (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

Hi John, thanks for your help.

Thanks for confirming that compactdrive works with Mac...Since this unit looks very appealing, I have ordered one from

I am so desperate to give it a go now

BTW, how did you find this unit? Could you share your experience here?

9. Posted by BPhoto (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y

I received my CompactDrive on Monday.

So far things look good. I didn't do the firmware update as I was told not to. The guys from compactdrive company said to me the update is with risk and they don't suggest users do the update themselves. Howevr, I was told that my unit had been upgraded to the latest firmware by default.

As expected, speed is great. I discharged approx. 500 MB data from my CF card to PD7X within 2 mins and 10 secs. When I plugged the unit to my powerbook, it detects the drive and showed me a message saying the drive is not recognised by OS and gave me a few options to choose. I simply click 'ignore' and opened 'Disk Utility', it shows the drive is there. I then copied all files to my local partition and managed to view files correctly.

However, it is not recommended to use MicroDrive on PD7X.

This device hasn't got much media support functions but simply does the job for me. I ordered mine from and received it 4 days after I made the payment. Nice company to deal with.

10. Posted by johnhudson (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y

I've been using PD7X for a while, the good points are
Speed - 4 minutes to copy 1GB CF card
Use of AA battery - I use 2300 Sanyo NiMh Rechargeable Battery
Long battery life - 3+ hours run time using as External USB HD
Solid build - Nice strong metal case
Support of Mac OS - plug and play under Windows and Mac
I'm very happy with the performance