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slocaus
post Jun 11 2004, 09:33 PM
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Do you have a URL for it?
Googled:
Your search - Archos ArkDisk 20G HDD - did not match any documents.
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post Jun 11 2004, 09:50 PM
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From my searching I think that this is referred device:

http://www.archos.com/products/prw_500455.html

Is that it? Are you using a USB CF card to connect the drive?
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lwong
post Jun 12 2004, 04:35 AM
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The Archos 20G HDD is avaible at lot of places, newegg.com, amazon.com etc. I bought mine @ compuplus becasue newegg is currently out of stock till next week. Compuplus is cheapest anyway @$151 but you have to pay $14.95 for 2nd day shipping. In the end, it was still worth it because I ordered on Wednesday night and it arrived Friday morning. BTW, no affiliation to any of the above.

I am attching the HDD directly to the USB port of SL6000. Z recognize it right away. The cable I used is something I got from Staples which was discussed in other threads before.

Archos advertised the foot print of the HDD is smaller than a floppy drive. It'snot till I saw it in person that I realized how small it is. Imagine two to three floppy disk stacked on top of each other and it's smaller than that.

I want to test to see if I can watch a Mepg-2 movie from it directly. If it's successful, I don;t have to go through the lengthly process of converting movies to avi again.

FW
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post Jun 12 2004, 05:20 AM
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Quick update before I have to go out:

MP3 and MPEG-4 avis works directly from the HD. catch: neither Sharp mediaplayer nor Dr Z Video player search for items in /mnt/usbstorage. So I have to go to document tab and click on the files so their default applications will open them.

MP3 sounds no different playingf from SD. I detect a slight slow down on avi payback compared with my 512 SD. Then I tried a 720x480 30fps mpeg-2 and it was really bad as expected. I highly doubt if the processor can play that kind of video even from internal memory. I will need to convert some mpeg-2 to 320x240 @15fps to see it will work.

FW
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post Jun 13 2004, 03:36 AM
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Create a symlink in /home/zaurus/Documents to /mnt/usbstorage - that way your media players acn find the stuff

Stu
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edo
post Jun 13 2004, 07:43 AM
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Hey lwong,

Zaurus --> USB Hard Drive = nice!

Regarding your Sandisk SD card errors..... I have had similar errors with my Zaurus SL5500 and Sandisk 512Mb SD card. After many tests and trials I've decided my Sandisk drive suffers incompatibilities with the Zaurus, and I've returned to using my well-behaved PNY 256Mb SD card. I'll be changing the Sandisk card for something else 'that works!'

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post Jun 13 2004, 09:59 AM
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Just another data point, but I have used SanDisk SD cards (both of Chinese manufacture) of 256 and 512 sizes, in both vfat and ext2 formats, in two different Zaurii without difficulty.

lwong, nice writeup of this cool new Z add-on!
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post Jun 18 2004, 04:20 AM
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Just another data point, but I have used SanDisk SD cards (both of Chinese manufacture) of 256 and 512 sizes, in both vfat and ext2 formats, in two different Zaurii without difficulty.


I just got some SanDisk 256MB cards and formatted them for the ext2 filesystem (fdisk type "83" Linux, mkfs /dev/mmcda1) for my two SL6000s as per the instructions on http://docs.zaurus.com/. Everything looked good, but after a while, I started getting flaky messages when I did "ls" on /mnt/card. This happened after I started filling up the filesystem, so I'm guessing the formatting screwed up and made some necessary metadata a writable part of the filesystem, and as I filled it up I started clobbering the metadata. Now nothing seems to work. I tried using my digital camera to reformat to FAT16 format, but it now thinks my 256MB card has 3.6MB.

Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks.
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post Jun 21 2004, 11:39 AM
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so how is the battery life with the drive pluged in?
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post Jun 21 2004, 12:28 PM
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I'd like to hear some experiences owners have had with the CF host adapter and this USB drive. I'd like to have one of these to install gentoo for zaurus on, instead of running it over NFS like I am doing now.
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post Jun 22 2004, 04:17 PM
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I haven't really tried out the battery life with the drive attached at full times yet but casual use should not drain the batteries too badly.

FW
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post Jul 4 2004, 04:47 AM
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So the Arkdisk with 40 GB storage does also work with the Zaurus!?
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post Jul 5 2004, 05:53 AM
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QUOTE(Jakob @ Jul 4 2004, 07:47 AM)
So the Arkdisk with 40 GB storage does also work with the Zaurus!?

Haven't tried it myself. I suspect the 40G one will require just a bit more power to start up. With the size of the Arcdisk, IMHO, I would rather carry two then to risk of the bigger one doesn;t work.

FW
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post Jul 6 2004, 02:50 AM
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Is correct, sounds plausible. But the 20-GB-Arkdisk you could recommend to me?
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lwong
post Jul 6 2004, 05:22 AM
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QUOTE(Jakob @ Jul 6 2004, 05:50 AM)
Is correct, sounds plausible. But the 20-GB-Arkdisk you could recommend to me?

Jakob,

The 20G works for me just and I was very glad I bought it. Again, no affiliation to the manufacturer nor the merchant :-)

FW
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