On second thought I guess not.
Jim Sturgis , mar 15, 2005; 02:41 a.m.
After hours of research I was sold on the PD7X after reading this thread . Then after a little more google work I found this: The US distributor homepage! Never heard such an admission from a distributor. Other pages praised the unit as the fastest available but I guess this says it all!
---from compactdrive.us --> IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ( March 2005 )
We are sorry to announce that we have discontinued the supply of Compact Drive PD7X. This is due to the fact that PD7X has high failure rate and thus we are unable to keep up good customer support on this product.
The manufacturer tried hard to turn PD7X into an ultra performance unit to suit most photographers. At the same time, however, they have given up or ignored many critical issues including the unit's reliability
The high failure rate of PD7X has made selling these units an unprofitable business. The built quality of the product is far worse than what they promised and is not even close to what a professional photographer needs. The most famous 'known issue' is the missing regulator. Although they were trying to explain how a decent hard drive can sustain the fluctuated voltage, they never made a statement against 'what if' something like this really happens. The fact is that they try not to carry any responsibility for photo lost, considering this has already happened to some users.
The whole unit is built cheaply. The 'dust cover' falls off frequently and the two pins that holds the cover is so fragile that they break all the time. Although this may not be a critical issue, it annoys both users and resellers so much that sellers have to replace the cover for users all the time.
Unfortunately the same problem exists on the other end of the unit - the battery compartment. Most likely the clips that hold the hinge will break within one year from day-to-day usage. Once they are broken, the whole unit becomes unusable since the batteries can not be attached properly. Therefore it is highly recommended that users DO NOT change the batteries at all. Thus PD7X's winning feature, which is the ability to change batteries, has faded out.
One other serious problem is the actual usable size of the hard drive is unpredictable. Although the software provided can format large drives (> 30 GB) to FAT32 with no error, not all space is actually usable. We have been reported that an 80 GB drive showed a 'No more space' error when only 4.5 GB of data was really stored on the drive. A few Mac users reported that the data became corrupted after the drive stores more than 30 GB of data. After reformatting the unit, the usable space became even less than 30 GB. Many evidence
As we have discontinued the Compact Drive business, all future enquiries and customer supports including warranty issue will be handled by 3HDigital (the manufacturer) and their Authorized International Representative: www.compactdrive.com
. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We apologize for any inconvenience this caused. Thank you for your support and wish you all the best in the future!