Sat Dec 23rd 2006 22:43:04: Harddrive Replacement in Creative Zen Micro
I was discussing with some guys at work my experience of fixing Ant's IPod Shuffle (the flash had got currupted and needed reseting with this) at work the other day. I was then asked if I'd have a go at fixing a Creative Zen Micro that had been dropped. The symptoms were that it was dead. It would make a wirr-ing noise, and that was about it.
Taking it apart was fairly easy with help from this and I decided to try replacing the Hard Drive with a CF card (the electrical interface is the same). This has brought the device back to life and I now get a recovery mode. Unfortunately it seems a CF card is not suitable however, as I get a "hard disk problem" error when I try and format the drive in the mp3 player.
After a bit of searching I found this forum. It seems not all CF cards can be put into "true ATA mode" like a hard drive can. Therefore at the moment I've not managed to fix this Zen Micro, despite trying all the CF cards I own. Seems I need to do some more research and find a CF card that does have ATA mode....
UPDATE 6/1/07: I've now tried some more CF cards and also a 2Gb Micro drive and I still can't get it to work. The Microdrive doesn't give any "Hard Drive Problem" errors, however it doesn't seem to want to reload the Firmware via USB - the process just hangs. I don't know why I can't anything to work - I can understand that the Zen wouldn't like a CF card, however I don't know why the hard drive didn't work. Anyway I've now given up trying to fix this one!
UPDATE 21/1/07: If you are interested in replacing the hard drive in a Creative Zen Xtra, then take a look at this posting