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Subject: Re: RE: Successful hard disk upgrade to Archos Recorder

Re: RE: Successful hard disk upgrade to Archos Recorder

From: Vincent Mistretta <>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 9:16:56 -0500

I too, have just upgraded one of these beasties with an 80GB Toshiba direv. The feat was that I'm blind and those tiny black screws were the worst. It took me about 10 minutes to do the build and format the drive and to disassemble the unit and remove and replace the drive.

The issue was 2 screws which didn't want to line up. After about 3 hours of fiddling, having the front come off and the buttons fall out, I finally got it all back together and it's working great.

The only problem is that the front panel is a bit out of wack arount the top of the navigation buttons and the Function buttons.

Still I thank all of you for a great OS and hints on how to get around this thing.

Thanks all.
> From: "Rob Powell" <>
> Date: 2006/03/21 Tue AM 06:44:52 EST
> To: <>, "Rockbox" <>
> Subject: RE: Successful hard disk upgrade to Archos Recorder
> Well done, the hardest thing I've had to worry about when doing mine is,
> formatting the drive.
> ROb
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On
> Behalf Of Clive Freeman
> Sent: 21 March 2006 11:37
> To:
> Subject: Successful hard disk upgrade to Archos Recorder
> Just thought you might like to know that I was inspired by recent posts on
> this mailing list: I already own an iHP-140 that I've loaded Rockbox onto,
> but I wanted an MP3 player for the car with EVERYTHING on it, and the 140
> was just about full.
> So I bought an Archos Recorder on eBay for 70, together with a 120GB
> laptop drive. I went for a Fujitsu MHV2120AT laptop drive, which cost me
> 109 from When the drive and the Archos arrived, I
> followed the straightforward instructions on the rockbox site, and 20
> minutes later, I had a 120GB Archos!
> I needed to format it as FAT32, which isn't possible directly through
> Windows XP (not for volumes of this size - the limit is 32GB or something).
> I found that a copy of Partition Magic 8 I had loaded would allow me to
> format FAT32 for any drive size, so I used that and successfully formatted
> the drive. Only took about 30 minutes, even formatting it through the USB
> connection with the drive was installed in the Archos.
> Once I'd done this, I loaded up rockbox, booted my new Archos 120GB,
> plugged it into my archiving machine, and downloaded ALL my mp3s onto it -
> about 60GB.
> Final step is to use one of the scripts to build files for all
> the directories, as I find the speech menus very helpful when I'm driving -
> I can navigate around the directories without taking my eyes off the road.
> So now I've got an mp3 player with voice menus, plenty of room to spare,
> and twice the capacity of the latest iPod, with replacable batteries and the
> best open-source operating system on the planet, all thanks to you folks out
> there - you should be proud!
Received on 2006-03-21

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