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Can I use a computer hard drive in my Boss Br8 multitrack recorder the zip drive is not reading....something like 20 gig or whatever is in a pentium 3 would this work and if so how do I do it???

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It is not likely the firmware will talk to a hard drive as the interface is different.

Refer to the VSPlanet.com site where some have converted to use SD cards in place of Zip drives.

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