Unfortunately, it may well be the disk - if there's physical damage to
either the platters or the read/write head (e.g. if it's been exposed to
excessive Gs whilst the head's been seeking or reading from the drive) then
you could have a knackered hard drive.
I dropped my H140 from waist height onto concrete, fortunately just after
the drive had spun down and the head parked, but it still caused severe
damage to some parts of the drive (meaning that it took almost ten minutes
to boot into the iRiver firmware - I didn't have RB on that player because I
suspected the drive was starting to fail anyway - and I couldn't copy some
of my album folders off the drive. Eventually, I ended up just claiming on
the insurance (I'm covered for accidental damage as a student, don't know if
you could claim on your home and contents insurance if you have any) but
basically my problem was terminal.
I took care of my player, and only dropped it or knocked it a few times by
accident - kid gloves the rest of the time. The sounds you describe are very
reminiscent of imminent HD failure... You can still buy replacement drives
for the devices, they're little tiny Toshiba hard drives (MK4004AH I believe
is the device's model number for the hard drive), but they're quite
expensive and tough to get hold of.
Not as tough as getting a new iriver though! I had to SCOUR the web to find
a replacement (the insurance company took possession of the old player and
wouldn't give it back even though they understood what the problem was, so I
had to go hunting for a new one... The replacement I was initially offered
at was an Innoplus I-With 400, which is frankly such a shockingly poor
player I actually laughed down the phone). But I digress, if you can get it
to boot into either the iriver or Rockbox firmware at all and initialise in
USB at any point, copy off any files you don't already have on your PC
quicksharp, just in case.
From: gayle horton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 19 May 2006 14:45
Subject: screen on iriver 120 displays "rock box loading" and is stuck there
> Each time I restart now, I get the "rockbox loading" message that doesn't
> and the disk keeps clicking away inside. At least that may mean the
player isn't dead,
> and that it's probably rockbox.
Received on Fri May 19 20:45:54 2006