| All type III and some type II PCMCIA data storage cards have mechanical components similar to a computers hard drive and should be handled with similar care. If dropped, they may be damaged, resulting in the loss of all data on the card. They should be stored in a moisture- and dust-free environment. Most PC cards with mini-hard drives are designed for reliable operation in temperatures between zero and sixty degrees Celsius. |
All compact flashcards, all type I (and many type II PC cards) use solid-state (microchip) storage technology.
These cards are more robust than cards containing mechanical hard drives and can operate reliably in extreme (-55 to 125 Celsius) temperatures. However, data loss can occur if these are stored in an environment with a high concentration of electromagnetic radiation. Therefore, the digital data they contain should be uploaded into a computer for further processing or transmission rather than being stored on the cards for extended periods.