Minolta CD-10 External SCSI PC Card Read/Write Drive

For Macintosh users (except iMac) the only type of card reader they can use is one that operates on the SCSI port. These are usually much more expensive than the parallel port readers for the PC and range from $200-300.

One exception to that rule is if you can find one of the Minolta CD-10 SCSI card readers that are currently being liquidated by many different vendors. I got mine from Norman's Camera for $119 and have seen it listed at BuyComp and CMPExpress but it is often out of stock. I have it plugged into my Windows PC using an Adaptec AHA-1510 SCSI controller I had for an old tape drive.

This is the same unit as the MicroTech DPA-P external SCSI reader but it sells for less because Minolta is clearing them out. Minolta had bought them to sell as an accessory with their RD-175 ActionCam but never really sold many of them. This unit is slightly larger than a pack of cigarettes and because it's a true SCSI device, it transfers files very fast! It handles all PC Cards, Type I, II and III. You can read CompactFlash or SmartMedia cards with the PCMCIA adapter for these devices (must be purchased seperately).

Being a true SCSI device the CD-10 is very fast! It will transfer files from the memory card to your hard drive as fast as you transfer files from one folder to another. Nothing beats a SCSI device for speed, it is many times faster than a parallel port device.

The CD-10 comes complete with the external drive, AC power supply and a SCSI-II cable (Centronics 50-pin), Mac users will need to buy the right SCSI cable for their computers, the one supplied is for PCs. The drive is recognized as a Removeable Drive under Win95/98 and does not require any special drivers.

One thing to note is there is only one SCSI connector on the CD-10 (it's physically too small for two connectors) - it must be the last device on the SCSI chain, it is terminated.

Steve's Digi-Rating

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I give the Minolta CD-10 a rating of 5 digicams, it operates perfectly, installation is easy if you have a SCSI controller, it is inexpensive for a high-speed SCSI device. It handles all sizes of PC cards including Type III hard drives.

But the CD-10 is getting difficult to find however, because it is a closeout item. Search the web for Minolta CD-10 using AltaVista