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That's really difficult to say. Currently they sell quite quick. If it would go on like this, they are out of stock in two weeks, but of course it will slow down now, I guess.
It depends on the amount of time I think...

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Today I switched to another harddisc. It was amusing to read these numbers:

I remember when I bought my first 1GB harddisc for my PC in the mid-90ies. Everyone told me, that this size is just stupid crazy.
Now it's really funny to have 100GB on my 8bit CPC  :D ...

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It's not my project, so I don't really want to get involved here, but I'd like to give my hardware opinion on the SF2 second batch so that others understand what's involved in designing and producing something like this.
The current batch seems to be a re-run of the SF2, so obviously it will be 99.9% identical to the old batch. As soon as you make any change to a layout or schematic, you can more or less start from scratch regarding checking, testing, prototypes etc. So I can fully understand that the guys are reluctant to make any changes. If they do decide to make an SF3, then anything's possible, and there are quite a few things that would make more sense today due to new technology (and associated costs) that weren't possible back then. But don't expect the guys to suddenly make changes to a design to make it fit todays expectations. That just isn't realistic.

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Now it's really funny to have 100GB on my 8bit CPC  :D ...
For an 8-bit computer, the size just blows my mind :o
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@Bryce: Thanks for the explanation! You are more into this than myself (I am only the programmer, I can only dream about great hardware, but others have to create it like you or Dr.Zed ;) ).

@Phi2x: The other funny thing is, even a FAT32 100GB partition doesn't slow down anything. For such a simple (compared to modern) filesystem it's quite well organized. Unfortunately all this space currently can only be used for very LONG videos. But this was also only something like a demo, to show that it's possible on the CPC :)

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Me too (a while ago). Can't wait to get mine. And I'm really glad, that the new SF2 batch was not changed! (There were some discussions...). It's still the most comprehensive expansion card for the CPC. And from a software side point of view it's good if a computer has a kind of 'standard expansion card'. Saves coding time ;-)

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what is the best power supply to run it ?


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Everything counts on larger mounts ;-) - Re: 100GB on a CPC
« Reply #34 on: 02:48, 30 December 12 »
switched to another harddisc. It was amusing to read these numbers:
I remember when I bought my first 1GB harddisc for my PC in the mid-90ies. Everyone told me, that this size is just stupid crazy.
Just like "640k ought to be enough for everybody" when Yarek sells 4M RAMs even for 8-bits.
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Now it's really funny to have 100GB on my 8bit CPC  :D ...
So now you know what Depeche Mode meant by "Everything counts on larger mounts" released just before the 464. :D (To quote a tape ad from the era, "I think that's about what they say, but I need to hear it on a TDK.")