Cowon X5 SDXC Mod

cowon x5 sdxc Cowon X5 SDXC ModThose classic HDD players just won’t go away… Some time ago we already had Godbes’ 128GB SSD ZV:M and my Cowon X5 CompactFlash mod on the front page. Now forum member Razorblader tried a more modern approach to beefing up his venerable X5 – with a state of the art 64GB SDXC card.

One advantage of SDXC over CF would be that it is a more future-proof storage medium, and that it will get huge capacities in the foreseeable future. Can’t wait for the first half-terabyte X5, H300, or ZV:M.

While CompactFlash always was the medium of choice for professional DSLRs and as a cheaper SSD replacement in computers, due to ATA/IDE support, this seems to be changing at the moment – with SDXC cards promising more storage space, almost comparable speeds (for now), and a smaller form factor.

Razorblader used his 64GB SDXC card in an SD-to-CF adapter, then put this contraption in a CF-to-IDE adapter, which finally is connected to the X5′s IDE cable. This sums up to about $120 for 64GB of solid state storage. Not bad at all.

While most such mods are made to players running Rockbox, Razorblader took care to get the stock Cowon firmware working as well, by modifying the master boot record of the SDXC card. Sure is lovely having some BBE sound enhancements with your 64GB of tunes.

Read the full mod instructions in the forum thread.

4 Comments

MDman on March 18, 2011 11:39 PM

This post reminds me of other removable storage mediums such as the Hi-MD.

The disc is a perfect replacement for the CD as far as Song albums go. The disk and cases available make the inclusion of album art such as labels very viable as the size of the physical medium promotes artistic real estaste.

If a Hi-MD player with a similar feature set as the newest one available from Sony, but wit OGG and FLAC support, it would be a highly successful item in the music market.

Has Sharp given up it’s rivalry with Sony in the MD player scene?

canlobber on March 22, 2011 1:12 AM

Another fan of the minidisc, MD?

I haven’t gotten one yet, but if the current model of the hi md units made by Sony (forgot the name) is available to buy then I will have my first experience with the world of MD. Hi or not.

I like Ogg and FLAC. I don’t get why neither Sony or Creative are selling units that have out of the box ability to play songs in those formats.Any hackers/programmers interested in selling firmware?

Those companies would have had at least one a sale from me years ago if they supported a format I was interested in.

I think they know they are cutting themselves off from a huge marget that has loyalty to certain song formats.

Great hardware with a ridiculous flaw (lack of Ogg and FLAC support) that the company seems to not notice or perhaps take fucking pride in!

I think to myself and researched the Minidisc and have this idea that the MD’s main detracrtion is that there was lack of support, in the market, for the proprietary ATRAC format. Make an MD player and forget about ATRAC.

I look at some very stupid moves from such big companies/corporations and can’t understand how the people who work there convinced the employer to hire them.

Natalie on June 6, 2011 8:10 PM

Sharp was never really a rival to Sony. For every unit sold by Sharp, Sony got bigtime royalties. Yes, Sharp gave up a long time ago. I think Sony realized they made stupid decisions. They all but abandoned the Mini Disc format when Ipod and mp3 players took off. It is now basically targeted to musicians, and so they don’t care about a few of us geeks. *sniff, sniff*

Ehud on July 1, 2012 6:38 AM

Will this mod work with bigger sdxc card?
arround 160gb.
My friend want to buy anything but ipod, with huge storage.

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