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Subject: Re: Problems with 60GB Toshiba HD

Re: Problems with 60GB Toshiba HD

From: Scott Bronson <>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 13:15:58 -0800 (PST)

> Connect the Archos to the USB port and your computer then power up so
> rom only used, then try FDISK

I tried that. I even tried both starting with the wall adapter
already plugged in, and starting from batteries alone. No go.
I always get the same Register Error screen:

Does anybody know how to decode register errors?

I suspect the drive is flaky. My desktop machine doesn't recognize
the Toshiba drive (through the 2.5" IDE adapter) until AFTER a warm
reset. If I power-on cold, the drive just gets ignored.

I tried formatting and partitioning the drive on the desktop machine
and installing it in the Archos again. No change.

I think I'm out of options... Time to exchange the drive?

> Connect the Archos to the USB port and your computer then power up so
> rom only used, then try FDISK
> Regards
> Jason
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Scott Bronson" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 8:43 PM
> Subject: Re: Problems with 60GB Toshiba HD
>> You got it working?? Well, that leads me back to the defective
>> drive hypothesis...
>> When the Toshiba drive is installed, I can't get any of Win98,
>> Win2K, WinXP, or Linux to even recognizethe USB device as a hard
>> drive, much less format it.
>> I expect it's because the Archos throws the register error before it
>> finishes booting, leaving it in a brain-dead state. I just
>> can't figure out how to prevent the register error.
>> Does anyone know how to decode register errors? Thanks,
>> - Scott
>> >> Hello. I just tried upgrading the 20GB Hitachi hard drive in my
>> >> Recorder to a 60 GB Toshiba, model number MK6021GAS.
>> > I did the same some months ago and it worked from the beginning
>> > without any problems. The only thing is, you have to format the
>> > drive with FAT32, and although this can be done with WIN98 it canīt
>> > be done with XP or 2000. XP and 2000 format large drives with NTFS
>> > by standard and cannot be forced to FAT32. You need either a WIN98
>> > system or external programs for XP/2000.
>> >
>> >> Does this make sense to anyone? Do I have a defective drive? When
>> >> I swap my original Hitachi drive back into the Archos, it works
>> >> fine. This is 100% reproducible.
>> >>
>> >> I pre-partitioned the Toshiba drive in my desktop computer, so I'm
>> >> sure the new drive works and has no bad blocks.
>> >>
>> >> One thing I noticed: the Toshiba says "60 GB, 5V 0.7A" on the
>> >> outside, whereas the original Hitachi says "20 GB, 5V 0.5A".
>> >> I wouldn't think that 200mA would cause the Recorder strain,
>> >> but that's the only difference I can find.
>> > This is no problem.
>> >> Well, it seems like the Toshiba takes a long time to spin up. Maybe
>> >> the Archos has a quick timeout?
>> >>
>> >> Should this drive work with the Archos? Maybe I should upgrade to
>> >> the 60 GB Hitachi DK23EA?
>> > Yes, it definetly works. It is a bit louder than the original drive,
>> > but there are no other problems.
>> >
>> > Regards,
>> >
>> > Andre.

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