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It's listed at $209, but there's an automatic 10% off at checkout, no tax, free shipping, and you can get some FatCash on this one too (which I didn't calculate into the $188). Ships in 5-7 days. I'm not posting a link to it because it might make you forget to get that FatCash first... that always happens to me. Do the click-through, and search for A0242292. That's the Dell P/N.

There maybe some $25 off coupons out there, just a rumor I hear, haven't seen one myself.

If you don't know, this is a good deal for the possibility that the 4GB Hitachi MicroDrive inside is removeable. It can be used in CompactFlash Type II devices, such as "professional" cameras. There's a list of compatible cameras at the bottom of this page.

I got in on this when it was $199 directly from creative.com and all three of the ones I ordered there were removable. If they haven't changed anything with this new batch, it should be aaaaall good =)

Hope this isn't a repost by the time I click Post Thread... hahah..

===THIS DEAL IS DEAD DUDE===

HOT

i read on bens, that some of the new ones have the CF soldiered in? is that true?

If you take the 4 GB out can I put one of my other compact flash cards back in? Or does it have to be another microdrive?

Ordered one.

I don't even need it.. Might cancel it within 2 days.

oops. =)

jefftroll said:

<< If you take the 4 GB out can I put one of my other compact flash cards back in? Or does it have to be another microdrive?
>>



Yup, firmware update and it was all good. I used a 256mb sandisk ultra ii and the 32mb that came with my canon s50 to test and it worked great.

elmojoe2 said:

<< TheMouse said:

<< i read on bens, that some of the new ones have the CF soldiered in? is that true? >>



Yup, firmware update and it was all good. I used a 256mb sandisk ultra ii and the 32mb that came with my canon s50 to test and it worked great.
>>



you wanna quote jeff on that one?

anyone find the $25 off coupon?

elmojoe2 said:

<< TheMouse said:

<< i read on bens, that some of the new ones have the CF soldiered in? is that true? >>



Yup, firmware update and it was all good. I used a 256mb sandisk ultra ii and the 32mb that came with my canon s50 to test and it worked great.
>>



What? Can you answer the question clearly? Is the CF card soldered in now or no? Thanks.

I ordered it....I hope my compact flash cards work in it...if not I'll enough music to last my entire flight over sea's this May.

sucks that I had to pay tax...Texas 203 with tax

?? I am not sure why I brought this. I don't even have a camera to put this in. I guess I am Fatwallet-addicted...<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0>

I fixed my previous quote/answer.
Also...

TheMouse said:

<< i read on bens, that some of the new ones have the CF soldiered in? is that true? >>



I'm not sure. I heard a rumor that the ones that say "Hard drive by Hitachi" on the sticker on the back are removable and that the ones that say "Powered by Hitachi" are not. I think we'll need a few Ghana pigs lol..

COLD DEAL

$209.99

So just making sure Microdrive = mini hard drive = movable parts = not good for jogging?

Argh. Started getting charged tax in missouri--had never been that way before.

SUNNY said:

<< COLD DEAL

$209.99
>>



How do you figure that saving $30, selling a PART of your purchase for more than you paid for the entire mp3 player, and using that $30 toward a CF card to have a solid state mp3 player is a cold deal?

hoxbox said:

<< So just making sure Microdrive = mini hard drive = movable parts = not good for jogging? >>



That's right. The idea would be to replace it with a solid state CF card. Then you could jog, and if you got three, juggle too =)

LOL.. Cold deal? hahahah Ok...

Stolen from Bens:

to get $25 discount, act like you are using your own credit card, and go through the steps up to but NOT INCLUDING confirming your order. On the verification screen, it will say "use your Dell preferred account and save $25". Click there, use that account, and they take $25 off : )

elmojoe2 said:

<< SUNNY said:

<< COLD DEAL

$209.99
>>



How do you figure that saving $30, selling a PART of your purchase for more than you paid for the entire mp3 player, and using that $30 toward a CF card to have a solid state mp3 player is a cold deal?
>>



I better pay that extra $30 and buy from a better place, Dell sucks big time now a days.

SUNNY said:

<< elmojoe2 said:

<< SUNNY said:

<< COLD DEAL

$209.99
>>



How do you figure that saving $30, selling a PART of your purchase for more than you paid for the entire mp3 player, and using that $30 toward a CF card to have a solid state mp3 player is a cold deal?
>>



I better pay that extra $30 and buy from a better place, Dell sucks big time now a days.
>>



True, but then it wouldn't be much of a deal. Though not in stock, Creative sells it for $199. Why mess with those controversial/shady/less reliable companies you pointed to on pricegrabber?

How come they are charging tax for illinois?

elmojoe2 said:

<< SUNNY said:

<< elmojoe2 said:

<< SUNNY said:

<< COLD DEAL

$209.99
>>



How do you figure that saving $30, selling a PART of your purchase for more than you paid for the entire mp3 player, and using that $30 toward a CF card to have a solid state mp3 player is a cold deal?
>>



I better pay that extra $30 and buy from a better place, Dell sucks big time now a days.
>>



True, but then it wouldn't be much of a deal. Though not in stock, Creative sells it for $199. Why mess with those controversial/shady/less reliable companies you pointed to on pricegrabber?
>>



Pricegrbber link is only to show that the Dell price is a regular price, Probably if you wait a week or so it will show up at other places like Amazon where I'll buy without any second thought.

rainer2001 said:

<< ?? I am not sure why I brought this. I don't even have a camera to put this in. I guess I am Fatwallet-addicted...<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0> >>



me to<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>

I bought this from Creative for $199.It is a very nice unit.Just drag n' drop the mp3s.It comes with 2 usb cables.One about 6" long,to use this as a portable drive.A 512 mb pen drive sells for about $130.This is 4 GIG,and works great.I do not jog with mine,but I do active manual labor and it hasn't skipped yet!And I should add,the drive was not soldered in on mine,nor have I heard 1 person confirm this was done.There were several long posts on this in a certain dig.camera forum.No one had theirs soldered in either.There was speculation that they "might" start to do this.

elmojoe2 said:

<< Stolen from Bens:

to get $25 discount, act like you are using your own credit card, and go through the steps up to but NOT INCLUDING confirming your order. On the verification screen, it will say "use your Dell preferred account and save $25". Click there, use that account, and they take $25 off : )
>>




I only see 3% additional off by using preferred account instead of $25 discount. how do you get that?

SUNNY said:

<< elmojoe2 said:

<< SUNNY said:

<< elmojoe2 said:

<< SUNNY said:

<< COLD DEAL

$209.99
>>



How do you figure that saving $30, selling a PART of your purchase for more than you paid for the entire mp3 player, and using that $30 toward a CF card to have a solid state mp3 player is a cold deal?
>>



I better pay that extra $30 and buy from a better place, Dell sucks big time now a days.
>>



True, but then it wouldn't be much of a deal. Though not in stock, Creative sells it for $199. Why mess with those controversial/shady/less reliable companies you pointed to on pricegrabber?
>>



Pricegrbber link is only to show that the Dell price is a regular price, Probably if you wait a week or so it will show up at other places like Amazon where I'll buy without any second thought.
>>



So $221.99 shipped (cheapest on pricegrabber), determines that $188 shipped, + FatCash and a possibility of saving an additional $25 with a coupon is a regular price? I'm not so sure I agree with you there. =)

How come when I order this in Dell Home? ....my checkout ends up under Dell Small Business with tax and no 10% off which makes it about $226.xx

dkollander said:

<< How come when I order this in Dell Home? ....my checkout ends up under Dell Small Business with tax and no 10% off which makes it about $226.xx >>



If you have 2 accounts (home and business), you need to make sure you're completely logged out of them and login when the cart shows up. Also, you cant have anything from the Dell business store in your shopping cart or it will assume you're a business customer, so make sure its empty and start over from scratch.

Just picked it up at Dell Home for $158.00 with all discounts.

SWEET!!!

asbman said:

<< Just picked it up at Dell Home for $158.00 with all discounts.

SWEET!!!
>>


Would you like to share how?

how come 158????????

188-25-3%fatcash= 158

asbman said:

<< Just picked it up at Dell Home for $158.00 with all discounts.

SWEET!!!
>>



What method did you use to get the $25 off? The one I posted?

Also got one-

With the $25 coupon - which stacked with the 10% auto discount--

Adding tax of $11 to my order - NC tax - came to $174.

It will be a little less with FatCash of course- but I had to pay $174 up front -

Hope it is nice---

BTW - the $25 coupon was on the back of a magazine that came with one of the Dell 2400 deals a few months back - and I had never used it - and it was due to expire at the end of Feb - so thanks for letting me put it to good use!

Cheers,
Sam

Good news? From dpreview.com:

I was initially concerned by this, but it seems to be a hoax started by people who want more of these drives for themselves. If someone can show me a photo of a "Power By Hitachi" sticker, I would be grateful. The "Hard Drive By Hitachi" unit I received did not have a dab of solder on the drive itself, but on the shield/cage that surrounded it. The solder's not even at an attachment point. You can easily remove the cage by unscrewing four tiny black screws that hold it in place.

Link

I already got 15 of these from Dell and they all had the removeable drive. Dell has had this unit for 2 weeks now and in stock. They just did not advertise it. I called up customer service and asked for the item by model # and she was like, "Sure we have it."

I sold all of the Hitachi drives on eBay. I now have 15 empty MP3 players at home. I have confirmed 100% that the Sandisk Ultra (I and II) work fine as well as a Lexar 12x or higher. The ones that did NOT work are Simpletech, Kingston, Viking, and a no name brand.

BillLumberg said:

<< Good news? From dpreview.com:

I was initially concerned by this, but it seems to be a hoax started by people who want more of these drives for themselves. If someone can show me a photo of a "Power By Hitachi" sticker, I would be grateful. The "Hard Drive By Hitachi" unit I received did not have a dab of solder on the drive itself, but on the shield/cage that surrounded it. The solder's not even at an attachment point. You can easily remove the cage by unscrewing four tiny black screws that hold it in place.

Link
>>



Sweet, I knew that rumor sounded like BS. Hah.

Read this eBay ad:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2984984157&category=50519

Is there any truth to the warning about "custom firmware"?
It seems like BS to me...

Now I'm reading that some people are having trouble and are stripping some of the tiny phillips screws while removing them. Ugh, what did I get myself into? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0>

Skipping 817 Messages...
Anyone figure out how to upgrade the firmware on these units?

I can't upgrade the firmware on mine - I keep getting Media Error - even with the original drive (which I've reformatted).

I've ready about people looking for drive images to use - has anyone successfully done this?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.

Sam



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