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Can the 8Gb MicroDrive by Hitachi be "upgraded" ?

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By lbarouf, Senior Member on 9th May 2007, 01:01 AM
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Has anyone try or does anyone know why it could or could not be done? Biggest MicroSD/TransFlash is 2Gb or 4Gb?
 
 
9th May 2007, 05:16 AM |#2  
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Has anyone try or does anyone know why it could or could not be done? Biggest MicroSD/TransFlash is 2Gb or 4Gb?

I would guess that if the power consumption and size are the same for a larger drive then the answer would be yes. Check the specifications of the installed drive and see if any larger drives exist with the same power consuption and size....let us know what you find...i'm interested. Also, PocketPCTechs are known for updates of this sort. You might consider e-mailing them and asking if they plan on having a HD upgrade for the Athena and letting us know what they say.

I've only found a 4gig SDHC card. If you find something larger let us know this also.

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9th May 2007, 09:29 AM |#3  
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I would guess that if the power consumption and size are the same for a larger drive then the answer would be yes. Check the specifications of the installed drive and see if any larger drives exist with the same power consuption and size....let us know what you find...i'm interested. Also, PocketPCTechs are known for updates of this sort. You might consider e-mailing them and asking if they plan on having a HD upgrade for the Athena and letting us know what they say.

I've only found a 4gig SDHC card. If you find something larger let us know this also.

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i can confirm 4G SDHC works fine on Athena
9th May 2007, 11:28 AM |#4  
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I'm sure I read somewhere that the tilt sensor for the Vueflow is built into the hard drive.... So swapping it for another drive would prevent that from working.
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I'm sure I read somewhere that the tilt sensor for the Vueflow is built into the hard drive.... So swapping it for another drive would prevent that from working.

Wow, that would make it not possible unless you didn't care for the VueFlow.
10th May 2007, 03:59 AM |#6  
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What I settled for trying.
I found a 16Gb CompactFlash to replace the MicroDrive. Pricey... very pricey, but want to try that. Power comsumption is slighly lower, so I might see improvement. I will try to mirror the "drives" before inserting the CompactFlash. I don't see why it wouldn't work. Access time is much faster also. Can't wait to try to run a movie on a plasma. Finally an alternative to renting movies in hotels! For those interrested in the drive: http://www.flash-memory-store.com/16...act-flash.html The Qmemory drive seems the most interresting one. 24Mb/s access... not even sure the south bridge on this device can access the drive that fast.
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I found a 16Gb CompactFlash to replace the MicroDrive. Pricey... very pricey, but want to try that. Power comsumption is slighly lower, so I might see improvement. I will try to mirror the "drives" before inserting the CompactFlash. I don't see why it wouldn't work. Access time is much faster also. Can't wait to try to run a movie on a plasma. Finally an alternative to renting movies in hotels! For those interrested in the drive: http://www.flash-memory-store.com/16...act-flash.html The Qmemory drive seems the most interresting one. 24Mb/s access... not even sure the south bridge on this device can access the drive that fast.

If this works for you please let me know. I'll buy one also and replace mine. Are you sure the 8GB drive in the Athena is Compact Flash? I have no clue so just asking.
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I found a 16Gb CompactFlash to replace the MicroDrive. Pricey... very pricey, but want to try that. Power comsumption is slighly lower, so I might see improvement. I will try to mirror the "drives" before inserting the CompactFlash. I don't see why it wouldn't work. Access time is much faster also. Can't wait to try to run a movie on a plasma. Finally an alternative to renting movies in hotels! For those interrested in the drive: http://www.flash-memory-store.com/16...act-flash.html The Qmemory drive seems the most interresting one. 24Mb/s access... not even sure the south bridge on this device can access the drive that fast.

Guys, please hold it, those MicroDrives won't fit on the Athena, Athena's MicroDrive is slightly different in dimensions. Just take a look at Asukal's Blog (Naked Athena):

http://asukal.net/blog/?p=299




Good luck finding the one we need, I am happy now with the one provided!
10th May 2007, 05:51 AM |#9  
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Guys, please hold it, those MicroDrives won't fit on the Athena, Athena's MicroDrive is slightly different in dimensions. Just take a look at Asukal's Blog (Naked Athena):

http://asukal.net/blog/?p=299




Good luck finding the one we need, I am happy now with the one provided!

Thanks for the info. I didn't think the Athena used Compact Flash. I'm sure if we contact Hitachi support they will provide us with information on a larger drive. Maybe PocketPC Tech's will soon offer an upgrade. I would prefer having them do it with a warranty.
10th May 2007, 06:21 AM |#10  
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Maybe they don't make a larger MicroDrive...check out the site
http://www.hitachigst.com/portal/sit...80021aac4f0a0/
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Hitachi isn't the problem... the problem is the darn CE-ATA interface I didn't notice. Intel is heading the new standard, and the founding member? Hitachi. So far, no other drives then Hitachi's 3K8. Well, they have 2/4/6/8 Gb in sizes, nothing else. 10Gb was suppose to exist, but never saw light. Tough luck for now. Until 20Gb transflash sees light, no expansion. Why oh why HTC didn't you choose the standard CF interface? Looks like I'm returning a 16Gb CF card. :-S

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