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Old 04-20-2006, 04:36 PM   #1
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8 gig lifedrive, is it possible?

first of all, is there a guide out there to take apart a lifedrive?

if yes, my understanding is, that the lifedrive uses a 4gig microdrive...

if you have 100 bux to wast, http://www.excaliberpc.com/Hitachi_...-id-563948.html

and put that in there, is it that easy, or am i missing something?
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Old 04-21-2006, 08:10 AM   #2
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If there is an LD2, this might be what is in it! However, installing it yourself wont work because of the complex partitioning etc of the HD for the lifedrive...
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Can't you just clone partitions and then fill up the remaining 4 GBs with the user storage partition?
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Old 04-21-2006, 09:22 AM   #4
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If you just want 8 gigs of storage, then you could buy a 4 gig SD card. I guess that if you had an 8 gig microdrive then you could also have a 4 gig SD and then have 12!
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Can't you just clone partitions and then fill up the remaining 4 GBs with the user storage partition?


in principle, yes, in practice i dont think it can be done (people have tried!!)
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in principle, yes, in practice i dont think it can be done (people have tried!!)


Actually, there was a post floating around on this section of 1src where some Linux gurus had managed to create a set of tools to enable you to do this. Ie fix/update your own Life Drive. Just search around in this forum. You will need a compact-flash to IDE converter, though. You'll have to plug the microdrive into an IDE port so you can use Linux tools on it. That means opening your PC. You can find such converters on eBay.
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Actually, there was a post floating around on this section of 1src where some Linux gurus had managed to create a set of tools to enable you to do this. Ie fix/update your own Life Drive. Just search around in this forum. You will need a compact-flash to IDE converter, though. You'll have to plug the microdrive into an IDE port so you can use Linux tools on it. That means opening your PC. You can find such converters on eBay.



I think I'll pass!!
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problem is also on palmOS side. for measuring available/free space, a UInt32 is used. it's range is 0 to 2^32, so max size it will support is in fact 4GB. For more, you'd need a hack to overwrite this and always report the minimum of real free space and 4GB, same for total space. I DO have such a hack but I am not sure it will work on LD's hdd. IT does work for 8gb sd card though.
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what about using a 4 gig cf card instead of a microdrive....
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that will likely work. def worth a try. i have a cd->ide adapter and 4gb cf. anyone want to donate an Ld for a week?
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Don't you need to use a different filesystem for CF? I read that you'd want to use a filesystem that writes to fairly random locations, instead of linearly like an HD so that you use up the write cycles on the CF more or less evenly.
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cf=same nand flash as all other palms have. i see no concern there
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im willing to go in on halves for a lifedrive from ebay.....sisnce i got mine back with a warranty i dont want to damage it....however if we find a better drive that works and get the process down....we could make lifedrive a more stable unit..... as for the ld2 they need to make it with user functionality in mind.....like removable battery...flash instead of microdrive...etc....everyhing else is fine....more user memory..
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