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Attaching A Carbon Hard Drive to My PC

Is there anyway you can connect your mp3 hard drive to your computer? Ive given up on repairing mine and have been wondering if this option can relieve some stress. Any help is appreciated...

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Re: Attaching A Carbon Hard Drive to My PC

You will have to put the hard drive in a CF/MD reader,
It should then show up as a removable device but will need reformatting to fat32 (i think this is right for windows) before you can use it as a hard drive.

The data transfer may be a little slow through a usb card reader so I would recommend buying a CF to IDE adaptor and have it internal if you thinking of using it permanently as a hard drive.


Posted on May 14, 2008

Re: Attaching A Carbon Hard Drive to My PC

It's a CompactFlash card... just use a CF card adapter

Posted on Apr 06, 2007

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1. look on ebay for battery if anybody would sell one.
2. go to walmart look in the flash drive isle for a sandisk ultra 2 cf card 8gb about 40$ .
3. open the rio and take out the old hard drive and then find a pc to format the cf card with a cf card reader make sure to format with windows 7 in my computer and choose quick format select default allocation size and then hit start.
4. when succesfully formatted put cf drive in rio carbon.
5. then put back plate back on carbon.
6. then look here for rio carbon developers firmware
7. go to bottom of wikipedia page and click 3.04 Download link 1 and download the exe program and then run as administrater load up the firmware and then walla you have a working mp3 player again.

Sep 03, 2012 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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My rio carbon says "upgrader"

At best, the hard drive will have come slightly disconnected or seek arm may have become stuck. Try giving it a sharp tap and re-try.

The hard drive may be permanently damaged however.

Dec 13, 2010 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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Frozen creative vision M

zens are also used as hard drives try to recover the songs thru the my computer plug it in and then drag and drop from the mp3 to the pc then do the recovery again. if you dont get another drive to pop up in my pc when you plug it in then you will still have to do the recovery but will loose all the songs. also the player is a hard drive i know there is a way to hook it up as just a hard drive not a mp3 player but you will have to get info on how to do that. we broke mine open and the hard drive has a weird connection that cant just be attached to the pc you would have to find a adapter from the cord they use to the pc maybe usb. i gave my creative vision m 30 gig to my neighbor to play around with he might know actuall will know how to connect it to the pc to use as a hard drive he is at work right now if you cant drag and drop off the hard drive folder where the usb drive shows up below the pc hard drives and cd dvd drives in the my computer folder. thats how i use to put and take off songs thru my pc to the mp3 then let me know before you do the recovery he will be stopping by in the next cupple days and if you let me know you need more help i will have him tell you how he did what he did to use it as a hard drive. however if you do that you will not have a warrenty if you have one. so another option is to take it in and ask them to recover your songs then do the recovery. id say try a small pc shop first then best buy type of stores it will be cheaper if not free if you go to the small stores. please let me know if you need more help.

Sep 02, 2009 | Creative Labs ZEN Vision:M Digital Media...

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Cannot access the content inside the player

Unfortunately it sounds like the hard drive or flash drive in it has gone bad. You didn't specify if it was a hard drive or flash memory based player so I am assumong it is hard disk. A bad drive would cause that problem and unfortunately if the drive is bad the computer can't detect the drive in it and it is unaccessable. If it is still under warranty, send it in for repair or replacement before the warranty expires. If it is out of warranty, Phillips may have a reasonable repair charge, but in most cases I have seen, if the unit is out of warranty, manufacturers repair costs make it not really worth fixing and for a little more than the repair charge you can get a new player.
If you have a friend or relative that is a computer or electronics whiz they could probably replace the hard drive, if it is a hard drive based player, for a reasonable cost. A 1.8 or 2.5 notebook drive is usually less than 100 USD for an 80 GB.


Dec 29, 2008 | Creative Labs Zen Touch MP3 Player

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Rio carbon

Try taking out the hard drive and see if your pc recognizes it. If not then try flattening it (could take some time!) and recharging it multiple times.
If you can get it to recognize it then try replacing the hard drive with another or a CF card (see: REPLACE BROKEN HARD DRIVE IN RIO CARBON...)
If it does not recognize then I'm afraid there is probably something else wrong with it that probably involves the main circuitry and I can't help you with that.


Jul 11, 2008 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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More Rio Trouble >.<

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:

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:

Hope this sheds a bit of light on your problem


May 17, 2008 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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Rio Carbon 5GB Problem

I had the same problem. I smacked the back of it (in my hand, not off any surface) to try to release the pin stuck on the hard drive. Rio Carbon currently works for me, but I will not expect too much. I have had mine for awhile now.

This is probably only a temporary solution, in the long run your hard drive will most likely get stuck again.

Mar 13, 2008 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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Venturer hdp3202bs mp3 player

i have the same device and the same problem, tried downloading the drivers and it didnt work but i am using winxp and the download is for win98, i get mine to work by charging it for a while then connecting it to the computer while it's still charging, sometimes it takes a few tries, they copy all the music to another device and then fire the mp3 as far away as you can or use it for rough use in the car,I know its a shame cause other they that problem its not to bad,

Dec 10, 2007 | MP3 & Digital Media Players

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Yellow triangle

Install and run Device Manager from the product CD.

Select the repair option, and follow the on-screen prompts.


If this doesn't work then it may be that the hard disk is faulty. There is an easy way to find out. The following procedure allows the player to connect to the PC as a removable drive. If the Pc reads the drive, then the drive is ok.

Connect the HDD1630 to the mains adaptor and the PC.

Before the computer has a chance to recognise the player, press "Power" and "Vol +" to reset the player.

As soon as the player resets (screen goes blank) press and hold "Vol -" until the PC recognises the player as a removable drive.

Try to access the player through "My Computer" as you would the main hard disk.

CLICKING HARD DISK is usually a sign of a problem with the hard disk. If this is the case it will have to be replaced.

The HDD16X0 series use a standard 6Gb Microdrive which are readily available, and much cheaper than the official Philips replacement. The new drive would need to be "Repaired" using the Philips Device Manager.

Nov 18, 2007 | Philips HDD1630 MP3 Player

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Rio carbon 5gb

You will have broken your hard drive...

Try replacing it with a CF card...

Everybody says that this does not work but it definitely does!

My Rio got dropped and I completely buggered the hard drive so after reading many forums saying that it didn't work I read one that said that someone had told them that sandisk ultra II ones worked (very vague!)

Because I had nothing to lose I went out and bought a 1GB sandisk Ultra II CF card. I then took apart my rio and replaced the hard drive with the CF card. Still not thinking it was going to work I plugged it into my computer and installed the latest firmware (from the rio website) and then HEY PRESTO!!!!!! it works.

I have yet to try an 8GB ultra II card but when I do i will keep you posted.

If you don't believe me then I don't blame you but If you send me a request then I can send you pictures and more details...

Rio will live on

Hope this helps


Oct 28, 2007 | Rio Carbon MP3 Player

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