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Subject: Re: replacing the HD in a recorder V1

Re: replacing the HD in a recorder V1

From: Michael Graham <>
Date: Wed, 06 Oct 2004 15:43:58 -0400

> HI all, I want to replace the HD in my recorder v1. Do I buy the same
> HD as I did for the recorder V2? also How do I format it as FAT 32
> when I've done it?

I used the Toshiba MK8025GAS (80GB, 4200 RPM). I followed the
instructions here:

Before I put the new HD into the Jukebox, I attached it to my computer
directly via a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE interface adapter. These adapters
always frighten me because they include power on the connector and if
you put them in backwards you can release the magic smoke from your

But it worked for me. While it was attached to the computer via IDE, I
used Partition Magic to add a partition and format it as FAT32. I then
copied all my data to the drive (quicker than USB2).

Getting the old drive out of the recorder and the new drive in was not
too bad. The most important advice I can give is to be patient
throughout the process - take your time and don't force anything. Also,
some of the metal edges are quite sharp. At one point I cut my finger
without even noticing it.

I also couldn't find "the hole you're not supposed to cover" on this
particular drive. I hope I didn't end up covering it.

When I put the whole thing together, the Archos wouldn't boot, because I
had made my 80GB partition into a logical partition, instead of a
single primary partition. However, Partition Magic was able to convert
the logical partition into a primary partition. It did this over USB
and without losing any data. Pretty cool.

After that, I had some problems with Rockbox. I had more than 400
directories in the root of my drive, and Rockbox didn't like this. When
I went into its settings, I found it was defaulting to a maximum of 0
files per directory, and when I changed this value, it didn't seem to
stick. But I reorganized my file hierarchy, reinstalled Rockbox,
changed the max files to 1000, and everything seems to work fine now.


Michael Graham <>
Received on 2004-10-06

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