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> Exchanged Microdrive With Flash Card (c3000), Speed-up for the C3000
ChrisZ
post Apr 11 2005, 10:24 AM
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First, the most interesting result:

My C3000 is faster than ever. Every application starts up quicker and there are no more spin-up times when the microdrive has felt asleep.

Compare yourself:

Reboot until the sound can be heard: microdrive 142s, SanDisk Ultra II 120s (-15%).

Starting Opera after having rebooted until the error message appears (startpage cannot be found): microdrive 16s, flash 10s (-37%)

It's really impressive! But the most impressive thing is, that there's no time lag after the microdrive would have fallen asleep.

For anyone who's interested:

I've just exchanged the 4 GB microdrive with a SanDisk Ultra II card. It's easy:

1. Have a look at the internal-pictures from the 3000: Click here!

2. Remove the Hitachi microdrive

3. Insert the microdrive into your PC and have a look at the partitions, assuming the cf card is /dev/sda:
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fdisk /dev/sda


4. Copy the partitions to your PC-HDD:
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dd if=/dev/sda1 of=hda1
For sda2 and sda3 do the same. It's a good backup, anywhere.

5. Insert your flash card into your PC and create new partitions on it. I think it's a good idea to let the system partition (hda1) exactly as it is: about 100 MB. Partition 2 (ext3) can be changed in size. Partition 3 is the left-space-device (vfat).

6. Copy microdrive-partition 1 to the flash card:
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dd if=hda1 of=/dev/sda1


7. Copy the remaining partitions to the flash card. That could be done as above with the dd-command, but the new partitions must be equal in size. Or you can mount the old-partitions, e. g.
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mount -o loop,ro hda2 /mnt/OLD/
and copy the files to the newly formated partition sda2:
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mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda2
And now copy the files. The same has to be done for hda3.

8. Insert the flash card into the Zaurus.

9. Reboot!

10. Wonder why the Zaurus is that fast.

If someone has problems with one step, feel free to ask: I will help as good as I can.

And don't forget: I don't take any responsibilitiy for your Z. Anyone following my instructions is responsible for the results. I can only say: My Z works better than ever. biggrin.gif
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ChrisZ   Exchanged Microdrive With Flash Card (c3000)   Apr 11 2005, 10:24 AM
Altt   Have you done any battery tests yet? Im sure folks...   Apr 12 2005, 02:00 PM
ChrisZ   QUOTE(Altt @ Apr 12 2005, 10:00 PM)Have you d...   Apr 12 2005, 11:59 PM
dreadlocks   that is brillant, should save battery life.. the m...   Apr 12 2005, 03:49 PM
ChrisZ   QUOTE(dreadlocks @ Apr 12 2005, 11:49 PM)chec...   Apr 12 2005, 11:52 PM
ChrisZ   After two days a short appendix: The handling of ...   Apr 13 2005, 12:03 AM
daniel3000   QUOTE(ChrisZ @ Apr 13 2005, 10:03 AM)After tw...   Jun 14 2005, 12:15 AM
bam   hmmmz......sounds like a good upgrade for my 3100 ...   Jun 13 2005, 08:44 PM
BarryW   Doesn't the Z have a cf slot? All the tools a...   Jun 13 2005, 11:41 PM
omega   bam, would you really need to upgrade your c3100? ...   Jun 14 2005, 12:26 AM
bam   yea, thats my plan, the cf mod will be a good spee...   Jun 14 2005, 12:27 AM
grifster   Out of curiousity has anyone experimented with rep...   Jun 17 2005, 02:58 AM
Sna   not enough room in the unit to place a cf wireless...   Jun 17 2005, 03:36 AM
bam   stupid question perhaps....type 1, or type 2? does...   Jun 17 2005, 11:48 AM
Jose Ronnick   QUOTE(ChrisZ @ Apr 11 2005, 10:24 AM)If someo...   Jul 5 2005, 12:31 PM
chuckr   QUOTE(Jose Ronnick @ Jul 5 2005, 12:31 PM)QUO...   May 24 2006, 04:26 PM
Mjolinor   QUOTEWhat I can't yet figure out is how to act...   May 25 2006, 12:59 AM
chuckr   QUOTE(Mjolinor @ May 25 2006, 12:59 AM)QUOTEW...   May 25 2006, 02:16 PM
Da_Blitz   yeah that should work, you will have to go throgh ...   Jul 7 2005, 08:37 PM
gdog   I take it from the pictures you showed of the C1K ...   Jul 18 2005, 09:28 PM
icruise   You can't do it with the C1K, but the C3X00 ca...   Jul 18 2005, 11:48 PM
polito   Unfortunately there's more than just the CF co...   Jul 29 2005, 11:51 PM
gdog   QUOTE(polito @ Jul 30 2005, 07:51 AM)Unfortun...   Jul 30 2005, 07:30 AM
bdbell   got my 4 gb cf, all ready to do the switch - but c...   Sep 3 2005, 07:42 AM
fAXik   QUOTE(bdbell @ Sep 3 2005, 06:42 PM)got my 4 ...   Sep 16 2005, 06:04 AM
bdbell   QUOTEYou can use dd command on your Z. Insert the ...   Sep 17 2005, 05:56 AM
martinbogo   I've just installed a SanDisk prerelease 6GB C...   Sep 9 2005, 10:12 PM
speculatrix   QUOTE(martinbogo @ Sep 10 2005, 07:12 AM)I...   Sep 12 2005, 04:14 AM
km2783   QUOTE(speculatrix @ Sep 12 2005, 07:14 AM)am ...   Jan 24 2006, 03:07 PM
speculatrix   QUOTE(km2783 @ Jan 25 2006, 12:07 AM)QUOTE(sp...   Jan 24 2006, 03:25 PM
GadgetGuy   QUOTE(martinbogo @ Sep 10 2005, 01:12 AM)I...   Sep 12 2005, 10:37 AM
Jon_J   Sorry to bring an old post back to the top.... I s...   Jan 13 2006, 06:42 PM
bam   dont see any reason why not....   Jan 13 2006, 10:49 PM
Omicron   SLIGHTLY off -topic, but for those happy with the ...   Jan 19 2006, 05:14 PM
lareya   I suppose the 860 can't do this internal upgra...   Jan 20 2006, 09:27 AM


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