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FlashPath Smart Media Floppy Disk Adapter.

Pros Inexpensive, Very Fast, Very Easy To Use.
Cons When I think of something, I'll let you know.
Recommended it? Yes
Recently, I purchased an Olympus Camedia C2020 zoom digital camera. I was amazed and very pleased with the results of this camera, and wrote about it here at Epinions.

I purchased my C2020 in a package deal from d-store.com, the d-store package included two extra sixteen meg smart media cards, and my choice of a FlashPath Smart Media to floppy disk adapter, or a USB smart media reader.

Although my computer has a USB capability, I had never utilized it, and did not have an appropriate cable for the motherboard, so I selected the FlashPath Smart Media to Floppy disk adapter. http://www.flashpath.com/

Another reason I selected the Flash Path was that I wasn't sure if all PC's I would be uploading images to, would be USB capable.

The Flash Path adapter looks like an aluminum 3.5 inch floppy disk. It requires two very thin batteries that were included with the adapter. It also comes with drivers on a floppy disk that allows your PC to query the card status while it is inserted in your floppy drive. This software must be installed in any computer that uses the Flash Path. All the user has to do is insert their Smart Card into the side of the Flash Path, and then insert the Flash Path into their 3.5 inch floppy drive. The user can then use Windows Explorer or other software to manipulate, transfer, alter etc. any data that was on the Smart Card.

I suppose I should get to the point and say the Flash Path card easily met, indeed it has exceeded my expectations. It is much faster then using a regular serial port. In fact it is as fast as USB readers. With Flash Path there is the extra advantage of not having to reach around the back or your PC to plug it in.

As I use this product on a daily basis new uses are for it are occurring to me all the time. I don't have to limit the file types on my Smart Media cards to images, indeed I can store any kind of data any PC can read and store. It literally turns my twenty dollar floppy drive into a virtually unlimited storage device. Currently Smart Media Cards are coming in sizes up to 64 Meg, soon there will be 128 meg, even 256 meg cards available, and it will support them too.

I can store and transport large audio, financial, or any other digital information files, between any floppy drive equipped PC, very economically.

The Flash Path Smart Media Reader is available through most digital imaging and audio suppliers for about eighty bucks, it usually comes with at least an eight Meg smart media card. The Flash Path is also available for Sony's Smart Stick recording media.


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