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Corry
11th December 2006, 06:45 PM
Just been reading about Carputers and the likes. What is the difference between a Carputer hardrive and a laptops?
Is the Carputer a more durable drive for harsh offroad situations, or is prone to the same damage a laptop?

Cheers
Corry

arthurking83
11th December 2006, 07:16 PM
depends on the definition of 'carputer'?

If it's one that's been made up of home PC bits adapted to run in a car, (using a std 3.5" hdd) then it won't be as durable as a laptop.

Some commercially available carputers will almost certainly be using laptop hdd's because they are more reliable in a moving environment.

p-jay
12th December 2006, 08:19 AM
g'day corry,
have a look at this site . lots of stuff for the technohead to drool over. touch screens and the whole thing. i have their hard copy catalogue , which has heavy duty service 2.5" HDD's and mounts. they will be on the site somewhere, along with lots of other interesting gadgets. download the 'PC Systems Catalog'.
cheers,
pj

hangover
12th December 2006, 09:17 AM
Some of the mini itx mb's use a large compact flash card for a hdd, no moving parts so there is nothing to jump or skip.

dak
12th December 2006, 01:49 PM
have a look at this site .

Looks like the site didn't get through. Could you post the URL again please?

Cheers,

dak

markoh
13th December 2006, 01:52 PM
Corry,

The simple answer is, in most cases, no difference.

Generally speaking, there are two types of hard drive: 3.5inch as found in destop PCs and 2.5inch found in laptops. Some carputers use a laptop style HDD with a rubberized mounting arrangement to dampen the vibrations.

Now, if you really want to get into it, there are all sorts of storage devices available for carputers depending on the depth of your pockets!

One of these is Compact Flash as found in some cameras. No moving parts so no vibration worries. Suitable for operating systems like PocketPC, Windows CE, Linux and, if you can afford one big enough, WinXP, although there will be some longterm issues with XP.

There was also a micro harddive developed by Toshiba. These were same size as compact flash cards but used a rotating disk like the 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs. Not much good for vibratiing loctaions. They were/are available in 2.2GB and 4GB.

If you REALLY want to throw money at it, there are Sollid State Disks which have the same shape/size as HDDs but are solid state devices like CF cards.

I work for a company which manufactures industrial computers which are used in various "difficult" locations including mining vehicles and, for the most part, we find that 2.5' HDDs on a vibration reducing mount are just fine.

Markoh





Just been reading about Carputers and the likes. What is the difference between a Carputer hardrive and a laptops?
Is the Carputer a more durable drive for harsh offroad situations, or is prone to the same damage a laptop?

Cheers
Corry

the evil twin
14th December 2006, 07:48 AM
...If you REALLY want to throw money at it, there are Sollid State Disks which have the same shape/size as HDDs but are solid state devices like CF cards....

Markoh

Agree with the money comment for sure. :laughing-

Company is about to purchase new field computers and evaluating between a "Toughbook" or a "Hammerhead". Both terrific but looks like the Toughy might win as Panasonic currently show better support in Aust for accessories etc.

You can throw these latest units down a set of stairs or drop them in the mud no probs and the displays are terrific (still use them in direct sunlight), hot swap HDD etc etc....of course you don't get any change from $8,000 (with options) :sad-smile but they work just fine in the car/4WD.

p-jay
14th December 2006, 11:32 AM
sorry guys , looks like i miscued here ,
this is the URL to the site mentioned above,
www.cyberresearch.com
and they do have the compact flash boards that DAK was referring to.
cheers,
p-jay

Corry
18th December 2006, 06:21 PM
we find that 2.5' HDDs on a vibration reducing mount are just fine.

Markoh

All, thanks for the replies, looks like I have alot more homework to do.
Markoh, any more info on these vibration reducing mounts? Wouldn't mind looking into them either.

Cheers
Corry

Billy
3rd March 2007, 07:22 PM
Corry, check out this US site - http://www.mp3car.com/

has a great forum and an online shop, most questions will be answered there
Billy

Gwalia
10th April 2007, 11:40 PM
The hard-drive in a carputer or car-pc is the same as in a notebook computer, in fact most of the components are the same.

Oh, and while all hard-drives are prone to damage from 'shake', they are not as fragile as some make out - they can cop quite a beating and still work fine

:wave