I just got myself a Zen W last X-mas. I think it’s fantastic as well. I bought the 30gb instead of the 60gb thinking I could probably upgrade the hard drive to a higher capacity eventually.
Do you think it’s possible or know what kind of hard disk format they have in those machines?
Thanks One Man!
No, thank YOU for the question! As far as the answer is concerned, there’s only one way to find out… crack that puppy open!
What you will need to open the device:
- A Jeweler’s Phillips head screwdriver (you know… the really tiny ones).
- The smallest tweezers you can find (the screws are really small)
- Nerves of steel and hands like a surgeon (OK, maybe not those two)
What I discovered:
- The drive, made by Hitachi, is a 3.3 v, 1.8″ Travelstar C4K60 Slim.
- The 30 GB drive is 5mm thick, the 60 GB drive is 8mm thick.
- These drives use the ATA-7 interface and a Zero Insertion Force socket. ZIF is a rare interface used only on devices like this, so it’s difficult to work with.
- The data buffer is 2MB, it spins at 4200 RPM and has average latency of 7.1 ms.
- If you need a replacement or an upgrade you can search Froogle.
- If you’ve got a 30 GB model you might consider upgrading to the 60GB Hitachi, or you might wait as this 100GB Toshiba should start production in Jan 2007.
- If you’ve got the 60 GB version, there is no good upgrade path yet.
How to get at the Hard Drive
Step 1) Remove the battery.
Step 4) Gently pry the back cover off the device. This is the tricky part since you don’t want to break anything. Take your time!
I discovered that the best way seems to be to start on the end with the compact flash slot and begin by squeezing the top of the device together a little to try to release the little plastic hook on the inside. Hopefully the image will make clear what you are trying to get at.
Step 7) Take a beer break and admire what you’ve already accomplished!
Now that you’ve got it disassembled you can learn How to Upgrade to a Larger Drive.