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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.




Next Generation SDxc Details

sdxc Next Generation SDxc  Details

I spend some time to day at a CES sideshow with a rep from the SD Association. These are the guys who iron out the details of this particular type of memory card to ensure compatibility across many different brands and manufactures. SD format makes up 77% of the memory card market, so if you are looking for the most compatible and now definitely the most technologically advance, SD should always be your choice. Sony comes in a distant second with 12% of the share, followed by Compact Flash (6%), MMC (3%), and xDP (2%).

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