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Hard Drive to CF Card conversion

Does anybody knows if a CF card could be a good replacement for worn out Hard Drivesd for Zen Neeon like what I did with my Zen Micro?

I tried to replace a Neeon's dead HD with a CF card (a low cost 1 Gb YES brand) to no avail, the XP wont read the player.

But this same CF card works well on Zen Micro.

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Sadly the Micro Drive based newer players/mini external HDD's Etc. use a different kind of Micro Drive to a standard CF Micro Drive. 
This comes as a result of people buying Zen Micro's and striping them as a cheap way to obtain a Micro Drive.
Only Micro Drives and CF cards designed to be installed at point of manufacture will work in a device like this, a standard CF card or off the shelf Micro Drive will not.
Sorry.

Posted on Dec 14, 2007

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