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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

"Hi,good!

Comment by Ahmedi at 15:53 on Tue 26 December 2006

I HAVE ACESS TO THE FORMATTING MENU BUT IT DOESN´T FORMATT.DO YOU THINK THAT´S CHEAPER TO BY A NEW ONE INSTEAD OF SENDING IT TO CREATIVE ?

THANKS

RUI

Comment by rui nogueira at 19:03 on Sun 18 March 2007

Hi Rui,

I don't know how much Creative charge for repairs, so I can't say. If the hard drive is dead, then it's probably not cost effective to repair (that's what I found anyway).

Gary

Comment by Gary at 14:15 on Wed 21 March 2007

I'm pretty certain that I saw this on the Nomadness forum; they had the same problem but noted that some CF cards worked alright (Transcend rings a bell but check that site to confirm). I'm going to be trying this myself soon!

Comment by dd at 6:26 on Sat 22 November 2008

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