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29th December 2012, 06:29 PM   |  #1  
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I was taking a look at iFixIt's teardown of the Kindle Fire HD and was wondering if it was possible in any way to add additional memory to the inside of the kindle fire. It's pretty cramped space but not understanding the logistics myself I am not sure what would be necessary to do such a thing and whether it would require much space. Thought a discussion on it though might be interesting.

iFixIt relevant link: ifixit . com / Teardown/Kindle+Fire+HD+Teardown/10457/2

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29th December 2012, 07:21 PM   |  #2  
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I was taking a look at iFixIt's teardown of the Kindle Fire HD and was wondering if it was possible in any way to add additional memory to the inside of the kindle fire. It's pretty cramped space but not understanding the logistics myself I am not sure what would be necessary to do such a thing and whether it would require much space. Thought a discussion on it though might be interesting.

iFixIt relevant link: ifixit . com / Teardown/Kindle+Fire+HD+Teardown/10457/2

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Great Question!

The Kindle Fire HD 7" is a sealed unit, although our team has been able to open

the Kindle Fire HD. The upgrade is difficult and has found to not be cost

effective. We are working on a USB Driver which will allow you to add external

storage through the USB Port on the Kindle. Until we (or someone else) are successful

this will have to be placed on the back burner.
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29th December 2012, 08:43 PM   |  #3  
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Thanks for the reply. External sounds great! That's too bad there isn't an internal option. But I can imagine that could get be complicated.

I'm familiar with electronics and soldering and have modded other things in the past. Any resources you could point me to that could help me understand a little more hardware wise in this thing?
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Thanks for the reply. External sounds great! That's too bad there isn't an internal option. But I can imagine that could get be complicated.

I'm familiar with electronics and soldering and have modded other things in the past. Any resources you could point me to that could help me understand a little more hardware wise in this thing?

So far nothing that we are aware of, although we will be offering some hardware info

and videos within the next 6 months. There is a plastic tool that allows the frame

to be pried open, I just can not remember where we got it. This is how we opened

the Kindle Fire HD 7". Once you are inside, you can replace the internal SD Card

but it is a lot of work, just FYI.
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So far nothing that we are aware of, although we will be offering some hardware info

and videos within the next 6 months. There is a plastic tool that allows the frame

to be pried open, I just can not remember where we got it. This is how we opened

the Kindle Fire HD 7". Once you are inside, you can replace the internal SD Card

but it is a lot of work, just FYI.

Here is the tool -> ifixit .com /Tools/Plastic-Opening-Tools/IF145-000

Sounds promising. I'll investigate further. Wonder what type of sdcard. Does it need to be desoldered off? Also, what is the max size it will take? Some questions to answer before jumping into this one.

If I can answer these questions and it is feasible, I'll make a video on how to do it for others. (After I get mine working of course
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Here is the tool -> ifixit .com /Tools/Plastic-Opening-Tools/IF145-000

Sounds promising. I'll investigate further. Wonder what type of sdcard. Does it need to be desoldered off? Also, what is the max size it will take? Some questions to answer before jumping into this one.

If I can answer these questions and it is feasible, I'll make a video on how to do it for others. (After I get mine working of course

That is the tool! So you have one, great. First flip over the

Kindle HD on a towel or something else to protect the LCD.

The back will be exposed, now pry the speaker grill off starting

at the Right Hand Side (carefully). The grill will pop off the Kindle.

This may expose enough to get the job done otherwise, flip the

Kindle exposing the LCD Screen. Carefully, Very carefully

pry open the Kindle (using the tool) starting on the Left Side

where there is no inputs. Slowly prying to the top, then the

Right Side, finally to the bottom. The Kindle top will begin

to lift off the frame. Once you are open, the rest will be

obvious. The motherboard was build by Texas Instruments

and is basted on the OMAP4460. You can take a peek at

the technical documentation here: http://www.ti.com/general/docs/wtbu/...ontentId=53243

The core operating system is ICS 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

if you are on software version 7.2.3. Having said all this you

can install up to 32 GB guaranteed, maybe 64 GB (OMAP4460

Chipset supports 64 GB).
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Great Question!

We are working on a USB Driver which will allow you to add external

storage through the USB Port on the Kindle.

This is just what I want to be able to do on my Kindle Fire HD 7" so I can play videos stored on an external 64gb flash drive via an OTG cable. Will your solution require rooting the Kindle? I don't have any Android devices so this is all a bit of a mystery to me but I'm a fast learner!

I was trying to find a solution using something like "Stickmount" or "Nexus Media Importer" (or a Kindle version if available) which I understand doesn't require rooting but as I don't have any other Android devices, I can't even buy the Nexus one to try it. (I've seen the instructions on other threads here to install the Google Play app. Does the Kindle have to be rooted to use Google Play?)

Apologies for all the questions!
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This is just what I want to be able to do on my Kindle Fire HD 7" so I can play videos stored on an external 64gb flash drive via an OTG cable. Will your solution require rooting the Kindle? I don't have any Android devices so this is all a bit of a mystery to me but I'm a fast learner!

I was trying to find a solution using something like "Stickmount" or "Nexus Media Importer" (or a Kindle version if available) which I understand doesn't require rooting but as I don't have any other Android devices, I can't even buy the Nexus one to try it. (I've seen the instructions on other threads here to install the Google Play app. Does the Kindle have to be rooted to use Google Play?)

Apologies for all the questions!

skindlies,

Thank you for the questions, this is how we learn so never apologize for asking questions.

Yes, most of the storage options will require Root, so follow our tutorial link below, we

will get you Root on the Kindle. The application Stickmount was designed for the Nexus

7 and 10, it does not work on the Kindle or the Nexus 4. Nexus Media Importer allows you

to import and stream music, video, photos and documents from a USB flash drive or SD

card connected to your Nexus 7 & 10, Galaxy Nexus, Xoom or other Android 3.2+

devices with USB Host support. This application will not work on the Kindle since

no one has designed a USB Host Device for the Kindle Fire HD. The potential options

in the future will be a USB Adapter or NAS Client (Network Attached Storage), no

one has designed these options as of yet. We are working on a Universal NAS

Client Software, we should have this available to the public in about 2 months.

Finally, yes, the Kindle does need to be Rooted to install Google Play. Just

follow our tutorial below. If you get stuck, we offer free unlimited support

through the XDA Threads and through email.
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skindlies,

Thank you for the questions, this is how we learn so never apologize for asking questions.

Yes, most of the storage options will require Root, so follow our tutorial link below, we

will get you Root on the Kindle. The application Stickmount was designed for the Nexus

7 and 10, it does not work on the Kindle or the Nexus 4. Nexus Media Importer allows you

to import and stream music, video, photos and documents from a USB flash drive or SD

card connected to your Nexus 7 & 10, Galaxy Nexus, Xoom or other Android 3.2+

devices with USB Host support. This application will not work on the Kindle since

no one has designed a USB Host Device for the Kindle Fire HD. The potential options

in the future will be a USB Adapter or NAS Client (Network Attached Storage), no

one has designed these options as of yet. We are working on a Universal NAS

Client Software, we should have this available to the public in about 2 months.

Finally, yes, the Kindle does need to be Rooted to install Google Play. Just

follow our tutorial below. If you get stuck, we offer free unlimited support

through the XDA Threads and through email.

Hi Chris,

Many thanks for your very prompt reply. I think I had better do some serious studying before I attempt anything, especially the thread on how to do a Kindle OS backup! I will then have to steel my nerves to root the Kindle but it's good to know you are all there for support. I'll be watching avidly for news of your proposed solution. Many thanks again, Sue
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Hi Chris,

Many thanks for your very prompt reply. I think I had better do some serious studying before I attempt anything, especially the thread on how to do a Kindle OS backup! I will then have to steel my nerves to root the Kindle but it's good to know you are all there for support. I'll be watching avidly for news of your proposed solution. Many thanks again, Sue

skindlies,

Just let us know when you are ready. Even if you have to use our phone support, we

usually solve most issues in the first 15 minutes. Remember, we do offer unlimited

free support through email and through the threads. We are here from 10am to 10pm PST

GMT -8 and 24x7 through the phone. Let us know how we can help you, we are here

to support you.

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