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Old 01-07-2009, 03:30 PM
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Default F Series CF card HDD replacement is possible! Success story...

My 120 HDD went into a recent S series purchase, so my next F series mod attempt was a CF card replacement. What I used:

1- F20 chassis (better for my test, since the back cover is thinner)

2- Dealextreme Adapter, here:

3- 8GB Lexar 133x CF card. I bought it at Adorama, during one of their recent sales.

Additional: I had to use a recent Rockbox bootloader to support CF cards, found here:, and a recent build (11/30/08 Simple build worked). The 2007 RB bootloader gave me the dreaded "ATA -80" error. I also had to bend the jumper on the adapter, to get it to fit in a F20 chassis.

Lastly, some helpings of electrical tape to avoid any shorts throught the exposed electronics. So far, I've tested playing back music and the PictureFlow demo, and they both work. Seems a bit faster, since you don't have to wait for the drive to spin up, anymore.

EDIT: Two days of testing - also used the video player extensively. No issues, so far. The HDD lag I was used to dealing with is completely gone, now. Also, the unit is significantly lighter (I have a identical unit, with a HDD installed, to compare with).

Cheers, Brian.
Active DAP's: Cowon D2+ Rockboxed, modded Gigabeat F Rockboxed, Sansa Clip+, Zune HD 32GB
Cans: Sennheiser HD 600, Yuin PK2, Sony MDR-V6

Last edited by roebeet; 01-09-2009 at 09:47 PM.
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