Hello: Perhaps one of you with more expertise in computers than I can help me with a, for me, confusing issue. I have a Toshiba laptop with two serial ports, two usb 1.1 ports and the normal parallel port. I have no firewall and no usb 2.0 ports. I am interested in getting a digital wallet for use with my D100, but am really concerned about the issues raised on the Forum about transfer speeds that look as if it would take several hours to download 20 gigs of info. Is that true? If so, short of buying a new laptop, am I stuck with the buil-in speed limitations of the ports I already have? I would greatly appreciate any info and assistance on this issue. Thanks.
Alan: Thanks for the info. My laptop is less than a year old so I should have the slots you mention. I will be on the horn talking to my tech rep tomorrow as soon as the phone lines open. If you were in my position would you opt for the firewire adapter or the USB notebook card? Thanks for the input. Beats the hell out of buying a new machine. Thanks also for the links. I used them and am ready to discuss the devices with my dealer. Be well,
Just get a compact flash to PCMCIA adapter. They're only about $15 and the compact flash just looks like another harddrive to your computer. The transfer rate is quite fast. I assume that your laptop has PCMCIA card slots.
I have been using the compact flash adapter for over 2 years now. It costs about $13 at Best Buy. It does in fact look just like an additional hard drive to your computer when inserted.
I have a Dell notebook which came with a firewire port built in and boy am I glad. I can download movies from my camcorder and edit them. I also have an external 120gb firewire hard drive I connect for backups. Fast and way cheaper than another notebook hard drive.
Just FYI, any of the above mentioned solutions (Firewire, USB 2, PCMCIA adapter) have fast enough transfer rates that you will max out the read rate of the compact flash card. So in terms of transfer speed it doesn't matter too much which of the solutions you choose. That being said, I prefer the PCMCIA adapter since there are no extra card readers, cables, or doo-dads. For firewire or USB2 you will need both a card reader and a PCMCIA interface card. Plus the PCMCIA adapter is super cheap.