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MP3 players cross breeding

This morning, I took apart the iPod mini and the Rio Carbon. For those of you that don't know, iPod mini came with a Hitachi 4GB Microdrive, while Rio Carbon has a Seagate 5GB ST1 Microdrive. I did a drive swap on the two . . .

I connected the Rio Carbon to my computer via the USB 2.0 cable. Then updated firmware, The drive formatted and integrated just fine. All was working great.

On the other hand, I turned on the iPod mini and it showed the Apple logo. Then it showed me the exclamation mark with the file folder logo. No matter what I did, I could not get the iPod mini to update and recover.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 17 Dec 2004 11:58:57 -0800

By the way, the Seagate 5 GB ST1 Microdrive seems to be different the the Hitachi 4 GB Microdrive.

The Seagate 5 GB ST1 Microdrive would only work in the Rio Carbon. It would not work with any of my CF readers. And it would not even show up as a drive in my notebook's PCMCIA slot. Only the controller showed up . . . I documented in Seagate 5 GB ST1 Drive in PCMCIA

The Hitachi 4 GB Microdrive works just fine in my CompactFlash reader, and I would bet that it would work in the PCMCIA slot (though I haven't tried it yet).

Neither worked on my Canon EOS D30, which only supports FAT16. I'll have to try it on another digital camera that supports FAT32.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 17 Dec 2004 12:12:43 -0800

I have also tried installing the IBM 1GB Microdrive in the Rio Carbon. It does not work.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 17 Dec 2004 19:46:15 -0800

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