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iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« on: December 05, 2007, 08:34:57 PM »
I love my iRiver but I am not a huge fan of moving parts so I wanted to see if I could replace the hard drive with flash drive.  I purchased a CF to 50 pin IDE adapter on ebay a while back to try and see if it was possible.

The adapter has a very large jumper on the front that is taller than everything else.  I am pretty sure I am going to have to trim that if this works

Side by side next to the broken drive i pulled out of my iRiver.  You can see the jumper in this picture on the front right edge.


More of the adapter/jumper from the side


Here is another shot from the front with the CF card inserted


Here is another side by side shot from the side.  You can really see how big that jumper is here.


Another shot from the side


Here I laid the adapter on top of the broken drive.



I cracked open the iRiver put the adapter and cf card on and turned the unit on.



The drive came up as a usb device like it should!  so I started copying the rockbox files over



This took a long time, but I'm using a crappy CF card for now as a proof of concept. 

Now for the moment of truth will it boot?

No :(

It froze at the bootloader screen and now the thing won't even turn on with the old hard drive :(  I'm not sure what happened but I'll see if I can break it from it's slumber but I'm not very happy right now...


Edit - Ok a reset of the device brought it back with the old Hard Drive still trying to get it to boot the flash drive

Edit2 - I tried a different CF card and it worked!  now I need to start trimming some jumpers to get this thing to fit inside

Edit3 - So I just bent the jumpers down so it'll fit in the case and I was able to put it back together





As you can see my 4gb flash card shows up and the system seems to work.  I'm going to give her a field run this weekend I'll let you know how it goes.
« Last Edit: December 05, 2007, 11:11:16 PM by AlexG »
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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2007, 10:23:46 PM »
wow! 

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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2007, 10:30:01 PM »
OK, that f'ing rulz... +T
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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2007, 10:46:57 PM »
Brilliant!
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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007, 11:46:07 PM »
Cool sh|t!

Did you make or buy the drive connector part that converts to CF?

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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2007, 12:00:08 AM »
Cool sh|t!

Did you make or buy the drive connector part that converts to CF?
I bought the adapter off of ebay from this dude in hong kong.  Here is one of his current listens for the same adapter
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SSD-CF-to-ipod-IDE-Adaptor-as-1-8-toshiba-Hard-Drive_W0QQitemZ140186757718QQihZ004QQcategoryZ41993QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
There seems to be other places now that are selling them online.  Why search I say this thing works and it isn't too expensive.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2007, 12:12:36 AM by AlexG »
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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2007, 12:20:34 AM »
thanks +T

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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2007, 02:31:50 AM »
pretty cool :)
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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2007, 05:32:08 AM »
Hi AlexG

Did the same mod a few days ago, and till now everthing works fine - tonight I'll try it in the field!
I also bought a 16GB CF-card, but I havn't received it yet. Well, Santa Claus has a lot to do these days  ;)

Nice pics of your mod!

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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2007, 05:54:11 AM »
That's pretty cool!  Can you ouput through the normal connections, or do you have to pull the case apart and get the chip out?
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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2007, 07:33:51 AM »
Nice work.

Thanks for the pics
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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2007, 08:18:20 AM »
Amazing!

How does battery life compare using Flash?
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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2007, 10:23:29 AM »
Amazing!

How does battery life compare using Flash?

Very cool, Alex!  :cheers:
I bet the battery life will be much better.

When I get the time and $$, I'm going to do this. I love modifying stuff  ;D
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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2007, 11:20:56 AM »
That's pretty cool!  Can you ouput through the normal connections, or do you have to pull the case apart and get the chip out?
Everything works the same but you do have to take it apart to get the hard drive or cf card out.  This isn't a filed replaceable CF mod, just a storage swap.
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Re: iRiver H120 CF Mod Attempt - Success!
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2007, 01:38:21 PM »
So, I just happen to have one of these adapters and a extra compact flash card.

Does anyone have a working iRiver with a bad hard-drive that they want to sell me?
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