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    Converting old HDD MP3 players to SSD, can it be done?

    I have an old Toshiba MP3 player that has a 60Gb 1.8" HDD inside, because of the small buffer the HDD has to spin up at least twice per song which sees a new battery last 5hrs max.

    Now that they have 1.8" SSD's available would there be any chance they would still use the same connecters as the old HDD? I would imagine it would at least double the players battery life and as I really like that player it could be money well spent.

    Thanks for any assistance.



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    Micro Sata SSD for replacing mp3 player HDD.

    I'm pretty sure you just need to find a 1.8" micro sata SSD, something like this: Intel® SSD X18-M Series (80GB, 1.8in microSATA 3Gb/s, 50nm, MLC) from Intel, I think Toshiba also make them; as they make many of the drives for Apple products, but I can't currently find them.

    My guess is that you'd need to find a way to copy all files first as there'd probably be some sort of software to run it in a hidden folder (of course not as bad as Apple!) Something like this may help with copying: Micro SATA to SATA (1.8" to 2.5") Hard Drive/SSD Convertor Enclosure Adapter Caddy: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories - (that is UK link as I can't find any in Australia) which lets you put a 1.8" SSD or HDD with a micro connector into a laptop.

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    Ahhh yes I didn't think about any sort of drivers on the HDD, so it definitely sounds possible then, really wish I attempted this before buying a new player.

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    It seems a whole bunch of people have done it to iPods but using a SD card seems like the way to go. You just need a ZIF to SD card adaptor like this(maybe a slightly different model)





    Sadly the new battery I bought from Ebay was either a dud or I killed my Gigabeat in the process of changing the battery. I'd like another one as they are just so awesomely simple to use and you can skip tracks without removing it from your pocket it also had way more output than my shitful Cowon Z2 had.


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