Category: Storage and Hard Drive
Manufacturer: International Business Machines
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 125.98 KB
Operating System: Windows 2003, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98
Latest Version / Release Date: 1999-06-01 / 5/31/99
Microdrive is actually a brand name used to represent a one inch miniature version of the conventional hard drive found in computer systems. It is designed in such a way that it can be hosted on a memory card slot that caters to the CompactFlash architecture. The card slot must be designed for the Type II variant of the CompactFlash memory card in order to correctly host the IBM Microdrive hardware component. Unlike traditional memory card formats this particular hardware component provides a better way of manipulating and storing information coursed to it by the host computer system. Its high storage capacity however must be supported by the host operating system environment. This means that if the IBM Microdrive is capable of 8 GB of storage the operating system must support this storage size otherwise it must be formatted by partitioning it in smaller sizes. The size of the partitions would depend on the storage capacity supported by the operating system.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
The device driver for the IBM Microdrive plays an important role in the process of partitioning and formatting of the storage drive. It is partially responsible for ensuring that all sectors of the storage component is correctly initialized to allow the writing of information. In terms of saving data the device driver is responsible for maintaining the communication interface that allows the host computer system to send or retrieve data to and from the storage hardware. The IBM Microdrive can be hosted in a built-in memory card slot or via an expansion slot like those found in external card readers. One of the factors that contributed to the success of this particular hardware component it its relative implementation of technical advancements that miniaturized conventional components. According to some computer experts the introduction of this particular hardware component provided the foundation for the deployment of mobile drives and components. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and IBM Microdrive errors before installing any driver updates.