You need a 1.8" zif format hard drive samsung and toshiba both have models that will work for you, but you need to do a downgrade upgrade trip with the firmware in order to get the archos to use the new hard drive! her is the link to how to do the downgrade upgrade to the firmware
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Most of these set top boxes use encryption for the recorded material. This has to do with copyright protections, a lot of legal stuff, and etc.
Get another box of the same model, and activate it on the same account. Try swapping out the hard drive or SSD module to the new box. In many cases this works. Some of the newer high end boxes are now using SSD technology to hold the recorded files.
If your box is with a cable or satellite service provider which is should be, some of these providers provide a service to transfer the files from the old defective box to the new one as long as the hard drive, or SSD module is okay.
It sounds like it might be the hard drive has failed on the device. If you are handy you can replace the hard drive. There are kits sold online for this. As far as cost it might be easier to just purchase a used or new iPod. Your broken iPod still has value, there are plenty of online sites that buy unusable players for repair.
Most of the time, your iPod won't come up because of a slightly dodgy hard drive. There's a couple of ways to solve this. The first one would be to get another iPod of the same model from a trusting friend or something, take the back off and swop the hard drives. Then plug the other iPod in. It will want to restore. Go through the restore and then swop it back. It should ask to restore now in your iPod. The second one is to buy a zif 1.8" usb hard drive caddy from ebay (should be under £10). Open it and attach your hard drive, wait for it to be recognized by your PC, then right click on it and format it as FAT32. Put it back in your iPod and it should want to restore. Or, buy a new hard drive.
I presume that your computer does not pick it up at all.
Try taking out the hard drive carefully and putting it in a usb card reader. Then if it picks up, format it, put it back in your carbon. Your pc should then pick it up and then reformat it (may be needed) and reload the firmware (from: http://www.rioaudio.com/support/rio/product.asp?prodID=215)
If it doesn't pick up then your hard drive will be bust :(
for less than a 10er you can buy a 1GB CF card and replace it with that (see my post: http://www.fixya.com/support/r590688-replace_broken_hard_drive_in_rio_carbon)
hello everybody, i had this same problem with my archos 604 wifi but thankx to someone on another forum i fixed it. it is really easy:
first you take the battery off, then you unscrew the 4 or 6 screw on the sides of the hard drive, then you lift the lid and then the hard drive, VERY CAREFULLY, Then you will see the problem : the little black plug conected through a ribbon to the hard drive is not plugged correctly or it is completely unpluged from the white socket. even if it is not un plugged just make sure it's tight, put everything back together and it should work just fine. ( IT IS A LITTLE DIFFICUL TO SCREW IT BACK TOGETHER BUT YOU"LL GET IT RIGHT) it is a weird problem. but it is easily fixed.