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Replaceable Hard Drives?


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#1 Ryan 3000

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 03:27 PM

I bought the Archos 504, which is apparently more affordable because it has a laptop hard drive in it. My question is, I bought it with the 40GB and I want to bump it up higher. Can anyone forecast if it will have problems with: the new capacity, or the drivers with the new hard drive, or speed?
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Posted 13 August 2007 - 03:38 PM

can you pull the old HDD out? give us the specs (Make, Model, speed, part #) on the HDD please

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Posted 13 August 2007 - 04:20 PM

There's nothing about it on any mod sites and there's this quote from their site

"Can I add a larger hard drive?
No, this is not possible, not even in our workshops.

Note: according to the terms of use of the device, the final user has engaged itself to use this product in accordance with his initial purpose, without bring any technical modification that can attain to the rights of thirds.



The modifications made to the electronic circuits, to software or to the case of this product, must be expressly approved by ARCHOS, under penalty of cancellation of all the warrantee clauses."

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 01:42 PM

Tough on Archos, I bought a Service Net replacement warranty :thumbsup:. And as I saw, yes, it is a normal laptop hard drive make by Hitachi. I don't see any further information on it. The one problem I will have is figuring out the HDD's interface. Anyway, any more advice anyone?

Could I use it as a bootdisk? Carry part of my computer around with me?

And kind of a weird place to ask this, but I can't find my former post, "Converting DVD's to MPEG-4?". So how do I convert DVDs to MPEG-4 through my computer?

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 04:20 PM

the Part Number(P/N) of the drive will tell you its interface when searched for with the brand name (in 98 of 100 cases this is true) beyond that i have no idea

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Posted 15 August 2007 - 04:53 PM

It doesn't say anything else... does that mean I will have to plug it into my computer (must have the right interface to boot!) or can I show you guys the picture of the interface? BTW my friend is borrowing the thing right now... I will have it back on Friday. I would really like to buy a hard drive ASAP if possible.
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Posted 15 August 2007 - 05:53 PM

I'll pull down my lappy for an minute and show you what Im talking about (Its a Hitachi HDD). will post again with pics

Edit: Camera not working so got some pics off of newegg.com of the 2 types of hitachi laptop HDDs

SATA connector
ATA-6 connector

Edited by BlackSpyder, 15 August 2007 - 06:16 PM.

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 10:07 AM

I hate to tell you this, BlackSpyder, but those two pictures look identical. Could you have another go at ATA-150 and SATA 3.0 (those are the 2 interfaces you were trying to show, right?).
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Posted 16 August 2007 - 09:40 PM

Opps (ignor the man behind the curtain) accidentally posted the same link twice. try this Serial ATA 150 on for size. SATA 150


SATA 150 and ATA-6 are the only 2 i've seen from Hitachi (the only SATA3.0GBs drives were toshiba's on newegg)

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 04:00 PM

You could look here HDD pinouts.

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 05:11 PM

OK I got it back from my friend and it say it's an IDE-PATA @ 4200. I haven't seen any other drives to match those specs, it's a little low-tech. Nvm I'm happy with it. I'll make this upgrade when I run out of room. Thanks for the help guys.
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Posted 18 August 2007 - 06:03 PM

A quick WIKIpedia search shows that PATA is another name for ATA (it was retoractively named because of SATA). i would make sure that the interface matches up with another ATA drive first though. Also I could not find an ATA drive that ran a 4200 RPM all ran at 5400 or 7200 RPM which will eat into your battery life.

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 09:19 PM

There are 4200 RPM drives out there, just check Newegg and Tiger Direct, they have them.

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