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Old 04-15-2015, 10:41 PM
lnlver lnlver is offline
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I replaced a hard drive for my Archos 504 today. I have several units (hey, I love the interface), and I took out a hard drive from a unit with a bad screen and installed it in a unit that had a bad hard drive. This unit had version 1.5.## firmware; my other units all have 1.6.53 firmware, which was the latest version Archos developed.

When I installed the hard drive and turned the device on, the opening screens displayed just fine, but I was not able to play any music or movies. Also, the USB connection did not work, so I was not able to read or copy any files from my computer to it.

I was stymied, so I did some research on the subject and learned that the 1.5.## firmware does not allow for any changes in the hard drive. The software apparently reads some information off the hard drive during start up, and if this does not match up with the information from the firmware, the device will not read certain information off the hard drive.

Eventually, I was playing around with the buttons and clicked on 'browser'. I noticed that I had a copy of firmware version 1.6.53 on this hard drive. I selected this file and then was prompted to connect the device with the USB cord to a computer, which I did.

I clicked on 'ok' once more and was able to successfully install the new firmware. After that, the device worked perfectly! Apparently, the trick is to put a copy of the 1.6.53 firmware on the hard drive before installing it in a new device.

I don't know if all 2.5" hard drives will work in one of these 504 devices; it may depend on the pin configuration or other reasons. I was fortunate that I had identical hard drives - Hitachis.

Last edited by lnlver; 04-15-2015 at 10:57 PM. Reason: added info
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