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Old 03-27-2010, 01:08 PM
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Help SSD Compatibility with Zen Touch 40Gb

If Creative did a 64Gb version of the X-Fi2, I might be tempted. However, in the meantime I am considering an upgrade of my Zen Touch "brick" 40Gb HD player with a 64Gb SSD.

The 40Gb disk is an Hitachi TravelStar HTC424040F7AT00, which from my investigations, appears to have been made exclusively for the IBM X40/X41 series laptops. It is a 44 PIN 4200rpm PATA drive with its pins arranged along the long edge of the drive.

KingSpec manufacture SSD drive replacements specifically for the X40/X41 laptops, so it seems reasonable to assume that these will also be compatible with the Zen Touch. Spec here: http://www.kingspec.com/solid-state-...8pata-mlcj.htm

Can anyone see any technical reason why this drive would not work within the Zen Touch and if so, why?

I have successfully converted another Zen Touch for use with a 16Gb CF, but 64Gb CFs are a stupid price, which is why I am looking at SSDs.
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:38 PM
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I am also looking into this alternative. Right now my old 40GB Zen Touch is running a 32GB CF card. However I also have a CF modded Zen Vision M that I got off Ebay with a broken hard drive. In the Vision M I only have an 8GB CF card.

Now I want to put the 32GB card in the Vision M and I want some more space on the Zen Touch, so I have won a Travelstar HTC426020G7AT00 20GB on Ebay. It should work since this is the newer version of the Travelstar that the Zen Touch uses and the newer Travelstars are backwards compatible.
Putting a hard disk in the Zen Touch brings me back to the 2 problems of battery life and worrying about the hard drive becoming damaged if I drop the Zen Touch. So an SSD would be perfect.

Right now there's an auction on Ebay for a 32GB SSD. As long as you find a cheap one you can try, and if it doesn't work, you haven't lost that much money. But it might work. It seems to me that the Zen Touch is not that sensitive about what sort of drive is in it. The CF mod was very easy to do, just put the CF card and adapter in and choose format and then reload firmware. Not like iRiver H1xx series for example, where the original firmware will not accept a CF card and you have to run Rockbox.
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:54 AM
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If Creative did a 64Gb version of the X-Fi2, I might be tempted. However, in the meantime I am considering an upgrade of my Zen Touch "brick" 40Gb HD player with a 64Gb SSD.

The 40Gb disk is an Hitachi TravelStar HTC424040F7AT00, which from my investigations, appears to have been made exclusively for the IBM X40/X41 series laptops. It is a 44 PIN 4200rpm PATA drive with its pins arranged along the long edge of the drive.

KingSpec manufacture SSD drive replacements specifically for the X40/X41 laptops, so it seems reasonable to assume that these will also be compatible with the Zen Touch. Spec here: http://www.kingspec.com/solid-state-...8pata-mlcj.htm

Can anyone see any technical reason why this drive would not work within the Zen Touch and if so, why?

I have successfully converted another Zen Touch for use with a 16Gb CF, but 64Gb CFs are a stupid price, which is why I am looking at SSDs.
They do, do a 64GB version of the X-Fi II, your dreams have come true:

http://au.creative.com/products/feat...?category=213&
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