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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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    Luke Jowett Apr 01, 2007

    This is a picture of the hard drive, after opening up my mp3 with anger lol



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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


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

Posted on Apr 06, 2007


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